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The Natural Resource Co-Trustees representing Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM); Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); and Indiana Department of Natural Resources invite public comments on the Draft Natural Resource Damage Restoration Plan for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Settlement associated with the American Chemical Service, Inc., Griffith, Lake County superfund site. The Trustees negotiated a settlement under CERCLA to address injuries to on-site wetland and upland resources and ground water that resulted from activities at the site. The settlement provided $300,000 to the Trustees to be used solely for restoring, replacing or acquiring the equivalent of the damaged natural resources.
As part of the settlement, $250,000 was provided to the Lake Heritage Parks Foundation to assist in the purchase of replacement habitat/conservation areas directly related to the loss of trust resources incurred at the American Chemical Services site. The restoration plan outlines general alternatives considered to address injuries to natural resources resulting from a release of hazardous materials from the facility with the remaining $50,000 obtained in the settlement.
The Trustees have tentatively selected as a preferred alternative: Restoration of resources impacted by the site or that will serve as compensation for injured resources through acquisition, rehabilitation and protection of equivalent resources. The alternative would restore the injured resources and the services they provided by increasing the occurrence of and/or enhancing or restoring habitats that will support these services. A wetland restoration at the Biesecker Prairie located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and U.S. 231 in Lake County is proposed as a project under the preferred alternative.
Written comments on the Restoration Plan can be sent to:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
620 South Walker Street,
Bloomington, Indiana 47403-2121
or send electronic copies to Michael_Tosick at fws.gov.
Written comments will be accepted through April 6, 2004. You can review the Draft Restoration Plan during regular business hours at:
Crown Point Community Library,
214 S. Court St; at
IDEM, Office of Land Quality,
12th floor file room,
Indiana Government Center-North,
100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis; or at
Bloomington Field Office, US FWS
or anytime at IDEM's Natural Resource Damages web site.
For a copy of the Draft Restoration Plan for the American Chemical Service, Inc, Natural Resource Damage Assessment Settlement contact Mike Tosick at USFWS Bloomington Office at (812)334-4261, ext 218 or by email Michael_Tosick at fws.gov or Jim Smith at IDEM's toll-free phone number (800) 451-6027, ext. 2-3451 or by e-mail jsmith at idem.IN.gov.