[Federal Register: June 19, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 117)]
[Page 35285]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability, Draft Restoration Plan

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

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), on behalf of the 
Department of the Interior (DOI), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA), and the New York State Department of 
Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), as natural resource trustees, 
announces the release for public review of the Draft Restoration Plan 
(RP) for the Mattiace Petrochemical Superfund Site (Site). The Draft RP 
presents a preferred alternative, consisting of a single restoration 
project that compensates for impacts to natural resources caused by 
contaminant releases and remedial activities associated with the Site.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 19, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the Draft RP may be made to: U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field Office, 3817 Luker Road, 
Cortland, New York 13045.
    Written comments or materials regarding the Draft RP should be sent 
to the same address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken Karwowski, Environmental 
Contaminants Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field 
Office, 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York 13045. Interested parties 
may also call 607-753-9334 or e-mail Ken_Karwowski@fws.gov for further 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: During the period of March 1996 through 
December 2000, natural resource damage settlements were achieved for 
the Site. NOAA and the State of New York were settling Trustees with 
the Department of the Interior. A variety of hazardous chemicals were 
discharged from the Site into Glen Cove Creek located in the Town of 
Oyster Bay, Nassau County New York. Chemical releases and remedial 
activities at the Site adversely affected natural resources such as 
anadromous, catadromous, euryhaline and marine finfish, shellfish and 
invertebrates, waterfowl, other migratory birds, and reptiles. The 
funds available from the settlement for restoration activities total 
approximately $155,000.
    The Draft RP is being released in accordance with the CERCLA of 
1980 as amended, commonly known as Superfund (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.), 
the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Regulations found at 43 CFR, 
part 11, and the National Environmental Policy Act. It is intended to 
describe the Trustees' proposal to restore natural resources injured at 
the Site and evaluate the potential impacts of the project.
    The Draft RP describes a number of habitat restoration and 
protection alternatives and discusses the environmental consequences of 
each. The restoration effort with the greatest potential to restore 
natural resources and services that were injured by contaminants or 
remedial activities is preferred. Based on an evaluation of the various 
restoration alternatives, the preferred alternative consists of a 
single restoration project involving tidal marsh/wetland restoration 
and protection.
    Interested members of the public are invited to review and comment 
on the Draft RP. Copies of the Draft RP are available for review at the 
Service's New York Field Office at 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York. 
Additionally, the Draft RP will be available for review at the 
following Web site link: http://nyfo.fws.gov/ec/MattiaceDRP.pdf. 

Written comments will be considered and addressed in the final RP/
Environmental Assessment at the conclusion of the restoration planning 
    Author: The primary author of this notice is Ken Karwowski, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field Office, 3817 Luker Road, 
Cortland, New York 13045.

    Authority: The authority for this action is the CERCLA of 1980 
as amended, commonly known as Superfund, (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.), 
and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Regulations found at 43 
CFR, part 11.

    Dated: June 5, 2006.
Kathleen Bangert,
Acting Regional Director, Region 5, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
U.S. Department of the Interior, DOI Authorized Official.
 [FR Doc. E6-9566 Filed 6-16-06; 8:45 am]