[Federal Register: October 10, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 197)]
[Page 63149-63150]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability, Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan

AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the 

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on behalf of the U.S. 
Department of the Interior, as a natural resource trustee, announces 
the release of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan (Plan) for 
the Hudson River Superfund Site. The Plan describes the activities that 
constitute the Trustees' currently proposed approach to conducting the 
assessment of natural resources exposed to PCBs.

ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the Natural Resource Damage 
Assessment Plan, or for any additional information, should be directed 
to Dr. Fred Caslick, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field 
Office, 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York 13045, telephone 607-753-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Hudson River is a Federal Superfund 
Site, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Record 
of Decision calling for removal of an estimated 150,000 lbs. of PCBs 
from selected areas along a 40-mile stretch of the river between Hudson 
Falls and the Federal Dam at Troy, New York.
    The Plan is being released in accordance with the Natural Resource 
Damage Assessment Regulations found at title 43 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations part 11. The Plan is the third step in the damage 
assessment, the goal of which is to restore natural resources injured 
by PCB contamination. The first step, a pre-assessment screen of the 
PCB-contamination, was completed in 1997. The second step, a 
solicitation for ideas on potential restoration projects, began in 2000 
and is ongoing, with the Trustees continuing to accept plan proposals.
    Author: The primary author of this notice is Dr. Fred Caslick, New 
York Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3817 Luker Road, 
Cortland, New York 13045.

    Authority: The authority for this action is the Comprehensive 
Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as 
amended, 42 U.S.C.

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    Dated: September 25, 2002.
Dr. Richard O. Bennett,
Acting Regional Director, Region 5, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 02-25750 Filed 10-9-02; 8:45 am]