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Major Ongoing Natural Resource Damages Assessments

Hudson River

The Hudson River Environmental Trustee Council, made up of the Commissioner of DEC and representatives of NOAA and DOI, was created in 1997. The Trustee Council is developing a natural resource damage claim against General Electric for releases of PCB's in the Hudson River below Hudson Falls. The Trustee Council issued a Preassessment Screen in 1997, a Draft Scope of the Hudson River NRD Assessment Plan in 1998, and a Hudson River NRD Assessment Plan in 2002. For more information on Hudson River NRD, including links to specific documents and studies, see the Hudson River NRD page.

St. Lawrence River in Massena

The Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs), General Motors and Alcoa-Reynolds, have funded the preparation of an NRD Assessment Plan. These two companies released PCB's, PAH's and flourides into land and waterways in and around Massena, NY as a result of historical aluminum casting and smelting activities. The NRD assessment process was managed by the St. Lawrence Environmental Trustee Council (SLETC), which includes representatives from the Akwesasne Mohawks, NOAA, DOI, NYS Attorney General, and DEC.

Copies of the consent decree documents can be found on the US Fish & Wildlife Services' website (leaves DEC website.) For additional information about the proposed settlement, please see DEC's press release.

Onondaga Lake

Honeywell (previously Allied Signal) is responsible for contamination of Onondaga Lake by (principally) mercury and ionic wastes (salts). DEC has coordinated NRD assessment activities with DOI and the Onondaga Nation and has formed the Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Trustee Council. For copies of the Preassessment Screen or Assessment Plan for Onondaga Lake, please contact DEC's Natural Resource Damages staff.

Buffalo River

DEC, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Tuscarora Nation, collectively the Trustees, are conducting an NRD Assessment of the Buffalo River, in Buffalo, New York. The goal of the NRD Assessment process is to restore trust resources injured as a result of the release of hazardous substances to the environment. Natural resources of the Buffalo River include land, surface water, groundwater, and biota.

The Trustees have issued a notice of intent (270 KB PDF) to prepare a draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for Buffalo River natural resource restoration. The Trustees are requesting public input in identifying specific restoration project ideas from the categories described below to assist the Trustees in the development of the draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Buffalo River.

More information on the Buffalo River NRD Assessment and the draft Restoration Plan can be found on the US Fish & Wildlife Services' website (leaves DEC website).

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