Natural resource trustee agencies recently proposed $11.3 million in habitat restoration projects to make up for impacts from chemical releases into the environment at the Kerr-McGee Superfund site in North Carolina. If approved, they’ll restore and preserve unique and vulnerable habitats within the Lower Cape Fear River Watershed that once supported ecologically and economically important fish species. The agencies proposing the projects include NOAA, U.S.
Funds Available to Restore St. Lawrence River Resources
On behalf of the St. Lawrence River Environment Trustee Council, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting proposals for funding to restore natural resources, habitats, and cultural and recreational uses in areas affected by decades of hazardous waste releases from industrial pollution in the St. Lawrence River, its tributaries, and adjacent watersheds.
Trustees Release Final Plan to Restore Salt Marsh Habitat at McKinney National Wildlife Refuge
Salt Marsh and Oyster Bed Restoration Projects Proposed for Hazardous Waste Site in Charleston, South Carolina
Marsh Restoration Proposed for Koppers Hazardous Waste Site in Charleston, South Carolina
NOAA and Co-trustees Seek Comment on Draft Restoration Plan for Two Connecticut Hazardous Waste Sites
Trustees for the Lordship Point Gun Club site, a former skeet shooting range, and Raymark Industries site, a former car parts manufacturer in Connecticut, released a Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (PDF, 197 pg).
Removing Bloede Dam - A Victory 10 Years in the Making
On September 14th, 2018 following ten years of planning between NOAA and project partners, explosives were detonated on the Bloede Dam. Water and rubble shot into the air, and the dam was breached. The Bloede Dam removal is one of the largest and most complicated in NOAA’s history, and a major victory for fish and communities along the Patapsco River in Maryland.
Mink numbers low in PCB-laden Hudson River, study finds
NOAA and Trustees seeking comment on Lower Duwamish Natural Resources Injury Assessment Plan
NOAA and the other Elliot Bay Trustees conducting the Lower Duwamish Natural Resources Damage Assessment, have announced a 30-day comment period for the Lower Duwamish Natural Resources Injury Assessment Plan (PDF, 79 pg).
Meet Toxicologist Sarah Allan from Alaska
This is an excerpt from a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month's profile is on Assessment and Restoration Division toxicologist and Alaska Regional Resource Coordinator, Sarah Allan.
NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Addendum to Natural Resource Assessment Plan for Portland Harbor
NOAA and other Trustee Council members have been conducting a natural resources damage assessment since 2010 for the Portland Harbor Superfund site in Portland, Oregon, to evaluate natural resource injuries incurred over time in areas contaminated with hazardous substances (pesticides such as DDT, PCBs, and others), and oil.
NOAA Announces Partnership to Restore Habitats Damaged by Oil and Hazardous Waste
NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are joining forces to restore habitat damaged from oil spills and hazardous waste releases in California. An initial cooperative agreement between the two organizations includes a recommendation of $1.5 million for restoration with potential for additional funding to support similar projects in other regions over the five-year time period.
Wisconsin’s Sheboygan River Community Gains 324 Protected Acres and Improved Public Recreation Access after Settlements
On April 17, 2018, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin entered final consent decrees announcing three settlements, with three separate companies, in excess of $4.5 million for natural resource damages at the Sheboygan River and Harbor Superfund site.
Understanding Habitat Recovery Time for Restoration Planning in Washington State
Five NOAA scientists recently led a group of more than 40 trustees in a multi-day restoration planning exercise related to the Hanford Nuclear Site. The event took place in Richland, Washington, and increased scientific convergence about habitat recovery time after restoration actions are completed in an affected area.
Fish and Wildlife Gain Critical Habitat Near Portland Harbor
National Ocean Service Deputy Assistant Administrator Nicole LeBoeuf met February 7, 2018, with key partners of the Rinearson Creek Restoration project in Gladstone, Oregon. The 33-acre restoration area is being created to bring back riparian, off-channel, and upland habitats for Chinook salmon, lamprey, bald eagle, river otter, and mink, as well as several important amphibian species.
Washington Project Showcased to New NOAA Leader: Restoration Benefits Fish, Wildlife, and Local Communities
Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, USN Ret., acting under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, toured the Qwuloolt Estuary restoration project in Marysville, Washington, on January 26, 2018, to see an example of NOAA’s Damage Assessment Remediation and Restoration Program (DARRP) success.
$4 million Settlement Reached to Help NOAA Restore Port Gardner and Snohomish River Habitat
The U.S. Department of Justice announced a $4 million settlement that will fund some of NOAA’s restoration of sites damaged by industrial pollution in Port Gardner Bay and the Snohomish River in Washington state.
$51.5 million Settlement Approved to Cleanup and Restore Baltimore’s 68th Street Superfund Site
Trustees Seek Comments on Project to Protect Unique Habitat in Wisconsin
On December 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release announcing three settlements, with three separate companies, in excess of $4.5 million for natural resource damages at the Sheboygan River & Harbor Superfund site. These settlements will resolve claims brought by NOAA and its co- trustees regarding liability for historic industrial discharges of chemicals that caused injury to public natural resources.
ExxonMobil Former Fertilizer Plants
Hazardous Waste Site | Charleston, SC | 1900-1943
In the early 1860’s, substantial outcroppings of phosphate rock were discovered in Charleston, SC, along the banks of the Ashley River and other areas of coastal South Carolina.
At that time, the environmental impacts of commercial fertilizers and superphosphates were largely unknown.
Hazardous Waste Site, Portsmouth, Virginia, | 1926 – 1992
The Atlantic Wood Industries Superfund Site consists of approximately 50 acres of land on the industrialized waterfront in Portsmouth, Virginia and over 30 acres of contaminated sediments in the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River.
From 1926 to 1992, a wood-treating facility at the Atlantic Wood Industries site released both creosote and pentachlorophenol from treatment operations, storage of treated wood, and disposal of waste.
Hazardous Waste Site | Beaumont, TX | 1954 to 2007
Raleigh Street Dump
Hazardous Waste Site | Tampa, FL | 1977 to present
From 1977 until 1991, local manufacturing companies disposed of battery casings, furnace slag, and construction debris at this illegal dumpsite in Tampa, Florida. Lead, arsenic, and other toxic substances from the improperly handled waste contaminated soils, groundwater, and wetlands at the site.
Hazardous Waste Site | Linden, New Jersey | Late 1800s to present
Manufacturing of dyes, surfactant, pesticides, and other industrial chemicals and products began on the Tremley Point peninsula in Linden, New Jersey as early as 1889. Chlorine gas production, using a process that involved mercury, began here in 1955 and continued through 1985. Wastes and wastewaters emptied directly and indirectly to Piles Creek, South Branch Creek, the Arthur Kill, and their associated tidal wetlands. Mercury, arsenic, other metals, SVOCs, and other toxic substances were released into the surrounding environment.
Koppers Co, Inc.
The Koppers Site formerly housed wood treatment and fertilizer manufacturing facilities. These facilities released hazardous substances into wetland and river habitat in and near the Ashley River. The groundwater at the site was also contaminated, and impacted nearby wetland and river habitat.
Liberty Industrial Finishing
Hazardous Waste Site | Massapequa Creek, Farmingdale NY | 1930’s to Present
Hazardous Waste Site | Glen Cove, NY | 1960s to Present
The Mattiace Petrochemical Co., Inc. site is located adjacent to Garvies Point Preserve along the north shore of Glen Cove Creek, a tributary to Hempstead Harbor on the north shore of Long Island. Beginning in the 1960s, chemical storage, blending, repackaging, and drum cleaning took place on site. Drum cleaning wastes were stored in a wet well and a leaching pool where they contaminated groundwater. Hazardous wastes reached the creek via runoff, underground piping, and groundwater discharge.
Quanta Resources Corporation
Hazardous Waste Site | Edgewater, NJ | 1930 to present
The Quanta Resources Corporation site in Edgewater, NJ, is a former oil and tar storage and recycling facility on approximately 8 acres. The site is adjacent to the lower Hudson River, approximately 9.9 miles upstream of Upper New York Bay.
Hazardous Waste Site | Rosedale, Maryland | 1953 – 1970
Raymark Industries, Inc.
Hazardous Waste Site | Stratford, CT | 1919 to Present
Beginning in 1919, Raymark Industries, Inc. manufactured automotive parts at a 34-acre property along the Housatonic River estuary. Raymark initially disposed of manufacturing wastes on-site, but waste materials were also released to Ferry Creek via a culvert from on-site waste lagoons. Lagoon waste sludge was also used as fill on multiple residential, commercial, and municipal properties in Stratford, and in several wetland sites draining to the Housatonic River.
Malone Service Company
Hazardous Waste Site | Texas City, Texas | 1964 – 1997
From 1964 to 1997, on the shores of Swan Lake and Galveston Bay, the Malone Services Company operated a reclamation, storage and disposal facility for waste oils, chemicals, and hazardous wastes. During its operation, hundreds of businesses sent more than 480 million gallons of organic and inorganic waste to the facility. Wastes were stored in two earthen, unlined pits which released contaminants to the groundwater within the site, and runoff into surface waters.
Hazardous Waste Site | Ashland, MA | 1917 – 1978
Between 1917 and 1978, Nyanza, Inc. and other companies manufactured textile dyes and other products at this site. Their operations generated large volumes of industrial waste and they contaminated the soil, groundwater and wetlands of the Sudbury River. Mercury, chromium, arsenic, lead and organic compounds were released and reached as far downstream as the Concord River.
Hazardous Waste and Oil Spill Site | New York City, NY | Late 1800s to Present
Hazardous Waste Site | Calcasieu Parish, LA | 1920s to Present
The banks of Bayou d’Inde have been industrialized since oil and natural gas deposits were discovered nearby in the 1920s. Chemical manufacturing and petroleum refining facilities have released toxins—including polychlorinated biphenyls; a class of chemicals previously used in manufacturing that remain in the environment for many decades, accumulate in living creatures, and pose health hazards to humans, wildlife, and fish., A group of highly toxic chemicals that are the byproduct of some industrial processes and incineration of plastics; they accumulate in living creatures and are known to cause cancer in humans., lead, and mercury—into the bayou and surrounding areas for decades.
New Bedford Harbor
Hazardous Waste Release |New Bedford Harbor, MA| 1940s – 1970s
New Bedford Harbor is a major commercial fishing port and industrial center in southeastern Massachusetts on Buzzards Bay. From the 1940s to the 1970s, manufacturers discharged wastes containing PCBs and toxic metals into New Bedford Harbor. This resulted in high levels of contamination throughout the waters, sediments, plants, and wildlife of the Harbor and parts of Buzzards Bay.
Island End River
Hazardous Waste Site | Everett, MA | 1890s to Present
St. Louis River/Interlake/Duluth Tar
Hazardous Waste Site | Duluth, Minnesota | 1890s – Present
As result of historical industrial operations along the St. Louis River numerous hazardous chemicals were released into the environment. The St. Louis River Superfund site was listed on the National Priorities List in 1983.
Hazardous Waste Site | South Plainfield, NJ | 1930s to Present
Cornell-Dubilier Electronics, Inc. manufactured electronic components on this 26-acre property from 1936 to 1962. PCBs, metals, and other hazardous substances were released into the surrounding environment, including a stream on the property which flows into Bound Brook, a tributary of the Lower Raritan River.
Hazardous Waste Site | Elkton, MD | 1961 to Present
Beginning in 1961, a solvent recycling facility here contaminated soils and groundwater with VOCs. These substances were released into the adjacent Little Elk Creek, which flows into the Elk River, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.
Hazardous Waste Site | Stratford, CT | 1920s to Present
The Remington Gun Club operated a skeet shooting range at Lordship Point beginning in the 1920s. The peninsula is located at the mouth of the Housatonic River estuary, where it empties into Long Island Sound. An estimated 4.8 million pounds of lead gun shot from the firing range contaminated on-site uplands, salt marshes, and shallow water habitats adjacent to the site.
Rose Hill Landfill
Hazardous Waste Site | South Kingstown, RI | 1960s to Present
This abandoned quarry adjacent to the Saugatucket River was used for the disposal of household and industrial wastes from 1967 until 1983. The site included 27 acres of solid waste, 15 acres of sewage sludge, and an 11-acre bulky waste disposal area. Elevated levels of toxic metals leached from the landfill via groundwater to Mitchell Brook, the Saugatucket River, and Saugatucket Pond.
Hazardous Waste Site | Cold Spring, NY | 1952 to Present
Hazardous Waste Site | Bridgewater, NJ | 1915 - Present
For decades, the American Cyanamid facility released a range of contaminants directly into the Raritan River. The factory manufactured chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and distilled coal tar.
Hazardous Waste Site | Everett, Washington | Early 1900s to Present
Hazardous Waste Site | Hudson Falls, NY | 1947 to Present
Beginning in 1947 and continuing for approximately 30 years, General Electric (GE) Company released more than a million pounds of PCBs into the upper Hudson River. These chemicals were a byproduct of GE’s industrial operations at Fort Edward and Hudson Falls, New York. Since then, ongoing discharges of PCBs have continued from sediments and underground sources.
Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. (Tronox)
Hazardous Waste Site | North Carolina | 1936 to Present
The Kerr-McGee Site is a former creosote wood-treating facility located near the Cape Fear River, Brunswick River and Sturgeon Creek in Navassa, NC. The facility was dismantled by 1980, but creosote and sludge were left on site, which led to the release of contaminants into the surrounding evironment.
Hazardous Waste Release | Riverview, FL | September 2004
On September 5, 2004, acidic process water was released from the Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC storage containment system during Hurricane Frances. By the following day, an estimated 65 million gallons had emptied into Archie Creek Canal, Hillsborough Bay, and surrounding wetlands.
St. Lawrence River
Hazardous Waste Site | Massena, New York | 1903 to Present
Hazardous Waste Site | Allegan & Kalamazoo Counties, MI | 1950s to Present
Paper mills conducting carbonless copy paper recycling released polychlorinated biphenyls; a class of chemicals previously used in manufacturing that remain in the environment for many decades, accumulate in living creatures, and pose health hazards to humans, wildlife, and fish. into the Kalamazoo River from the late 1950s through the early 1970s.
Hazardous Waste Site | McIntosh, Alabama | 1950s to Present
Beginning in the 1950s, the Ciba-Geigy facility manufactured the pesticide DDT and other chemicals. Manufacturing waste and other hazardous substances were released into unlined pits on the property, and discharged into the adjacent Tombigbee River and its floodplain until 1963.
Hazardous Waste Release | Polk County, FL | December 1997
On December 7, 1997, a breach occurred in a containment stack at the Mulberry Phosphates Inc. (MPI) facility in Mulberry, Florida. Approximately 50 million gallons of acidic process water was released into Skinned Sapling Creek, flowing into the Alafia River. The contaminated water ultimately traveled approximately 36 miles of the Alafia River before emptying into Tampa Bay.
Hazardous Waste Site | Brunswick, GA | 1919 to Present
From the 1919 to 1994, the LCP Chemical site was occupied by a series of industrial operations. An oil refinery, power plant, and chlor-alkali facility released multiple hazardous substances into the surrounding area. Contamination has been found in Purvis Creek, Turtle River, Brunswick River, and surrounding salt marsh, all part of the Turtle-Brunswick River Estuary (TBRE).
Lower Duwamish River
Hazardous Waste Site | Washington State | Mid-20th Century
The Duwamish River was once a wide, meandering river with large areas of mudflats and marshes. By the 1940s, channelization and filling had transformed the 9-mile estuary into a 5-mile industrial waterway. This process destroyed 97 percent of the original habitat.
Between 1932 and 1977, the General Electric Company (GE) released polychlorinated biphenyls; a class of chemicals previously used in manufacturing that remain in the environment for many decades, accumulate in living creatures, and pose health hazards to humans, wildlife, and fish. and other chemical wastes into the Housatonic River.
Hazardous Waste Site | Philadelphia, PA | 1962 to Present
Berry’s Creek Watershed
Hazardous Waste Site | Wood-Ridge, East Rutherford, and Carlstadt, NJ | 1929 to Present
Starting in 1929, several industrial facilities released mercury, PCBs, PAHs, VOCs, and other hazardous substances into Berry’s Creek and the surrounding area.
Lower Passaic River and Greater Newark Bay
Hazardous Waste Site | New Jersey | 1940s to present
In the 1950s and 1960s, Agent Orange was manufactured at a facility on the banks of the Lower Passaic River (LPR). One of the byproducts of its production, the toxin TCDD was released into the estuary.
Sheboygan River and Harbor site
Hazardous Waste Site | Sheboygan, WI | 1870s to Present
Beginning as early as the 1870s, various industrial facilities released PCBs, heavy metals, and PAHs to the Sheboygan River and the surrounding area. EPA designated the lower 14 miles of the Sheboygan River a Superfund site in 1986.
Hazardous Waste Site | Tacoma, WA | 1920s to Present
In the early 1900s, industrialization in Commencement Bay led to the filling of a vast area of tideflats, as well of channelization of the meandering streams and rivers that flowed into the bay. Beginning in the 1920s, the resulting eight channelized waterways received releases of hazardous substances from various industries, including shipbuilding, oil refining, and chemical manufacturing plants.
Hazardous Waste Site | Richmond, California | 1902 to 1987
Since the early 1900s, numerous facilities have released oil, polychlorinated biphenyls; a class of chemicals previously used in manufacturing that remain in the environment for many decades, accumulate in living creatures, and pose health hazards to humans, wildlife, and fish., heavy metals, pesticides, and other hazardous substances into Portland Harbor.
Hazardous Waste Site | Bainbridge Island, WA | Early 1900s to Present
Hazardous substances were released from the Wyckoff Company wood treatment facility and a shipyard beginning early in the 20th century. Released contaminants included PAHs, mercury, and heavy metals.
Hanford Nuclear Site
Hazardous Waste Site | Tri-Cities, WA | 1940s to Present
The Hanford Nuclear Site is located in eastern Washington State, and encompasses more than 500 square miles of land. For nearly 30 years, The U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Energy produced tons of plutonium for use in the atomic weapon program.