Notice of availability of the Final Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Restoration Resulting From the Kalamazoo River Natural Resource Damage Assessment Related to the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site, 59190-59192 [2016-20723]

Download as PDF 59190 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 167 / Monday, August 29, 2016 / Notices Dated: August 24, 2016. Jeffrey N. Lonergan, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–20644 Filed 8–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shasta McClenahan or Jennifer Skidmore, (301) 427–8401. The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222–226). File No. 19669: The applicant proposes to import and export biological samples taken for scientific research that continues the long term evaluation and monitoring of South American fur seal (Arctocephalus australis) and South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens) population health at the Punta San Juan reserve and marine protected area in Peru. The requested duration of the permit is 5 years. File No. 20532: The applicant proposes to import and export biological samples from museum holdings and stranded animals worldwide for scientific research to chronologically profile anthropogenic and physiological data including hormones and pesticides to record exposure and stress. Earwax and baleen samples will be from blue (Balaenoptera musculus), gray (Eschrichtius robustus), fin (Balaenoptera physalus), minke (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus), and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), and earwax only from sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus). Earwax and baleen may also be obtained from subsistence hunted bowhead whales in Alaska. The requested duration of the permit is 5 years. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the applications to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE766 Marine Mammals; File Nos. 19669 and 20532 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of applications. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Chicago Zoological Society [Michael J. Adkesson, D.V.M., Responsible Party], 3300 South Golf Rd., Brookfield, Illinois 60513 (File No. 19669), and Stephen John Trumble, Ph.D., Baylor University, 101 Bagby Ave., Waco, TX 76706 (File No. 20532), have applied in due form for permits to import, export, and receive marine mammal parts for scientific research. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before September 28, 2016. ADDRESSES: The applications and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the ‘‘Features’’ box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 19669 or 20532 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713–0376. Written comments on either of these applications should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. 19669 or 20532 in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Aug 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: August 24, 2016. Julia Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–20613 Filed 8–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE808 Notice of availability of the Final Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Restoration Resulting From the Kalamazoo River Natural Resource Damage Assessment Related to the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/ Kalamazoo River Superfund Site National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability of a Final Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announce the availability of the Final Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Restoration Resulting from the Kalamazoo River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (RP/ PEIS). The purpose of the RP/PEIS is to evaluate, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the alternative programmatic approaches to restoration in the Kalamazoo River watershed. USFWS, NOAA, and the State of Michigan (collectively referred to as the ‘‘Trustees’’) also present their plan for restoration projects authorized by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), to compensate for injuries to natural resources from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) released at and from the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site (Superfund Site). The RP/PEIS identifies and evaluates the environmental impacts associated with restoration actions that may be implemented to compensate for injuries to natural resources and associated services. ADDRESSES: Obtaining documents: You may download the RP/PEIS at SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 167 / Monday, August 29, 2016 / Notices https://www.fws.gov/midwest/es/ec/ nrda/KalamazooRiver/index.html. Alternatively, you may request a CD of the document from Lisa Williams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, East Lansing Field Office, 2651 Coolidge Road East Lansing, MI 48823. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Williams, USFWS, by email at lisa_ williams@fws.gov or by phone at (517) 351–8324. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq., parties responsible for releasing hazardous substances into the environment are liable both for the costs of responding to the release (by cleaning up, containing, or otherwise remediating the release) and for damages arising from injuries to publicly owned or managed natural resources resulting from the release. CERCLA’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) regulations (43 CFR 11) prescribe the process of assessing the nature and extent of the resulting injury, destruction, or loss of natural resources and the services they provide. Carrying out of the NRDA process also includes determining the compensation required to make the public whole for such injuries, destruction, or loss. CERCLA authorizes certain Federal and State agencies and Indian tribes to act on behalf of the public as Trustees for affected natural resources. Under CERCLA, these agencies and tribes are authorized to assess natural resource injuries and to seek compensation, referred to as damages, from responsible parties, including the costs of performing the damage assessment. The Trustees are required to use recovered damages for the following purposes only: To restore, replace, or acquire the equivalent of the injured or lost resources and services. In the Draft RP/PEIS, the Trustees described restoration projects that could compensate for injuries to natural resources from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) released at and from the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/ Kalamazoo River Superfund Site (Superfund Site). These include both general types of restoration projects as well as two specific projects to restore aquatic connectivity on the Kalamazoo River by removing dams in and near Otsego, Michigan. The notice of availability of the Draft RP/PEIS was published in the Federal Register on September 14, 2015 (80 FR 55144). The Draft RP/PEIS presented alternative programmatic approaches to restoration in the Kalamazoo River VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Aug 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 watershed and two specific projects as just mentioned, as well as an assessment of impacts of implementing the restoration approaches and projects. The Trustees provided the public with 45 days to review and comment on the Draft RP/PEIS. The Trustees also held a public meeting at the Kalamazoo Nature Center on September 15, 2015, to facilitate public understanding of the document and provide opportunity for public comment. The Trustees considered the public comments received, which informed the Trustees’ analysis of programmatic alternatives in the Final RP/PEIS. A summary of the public comments received and the Trustees’ responses to those comments are addressed in Chapter 7 with details provided in Appendix D of the Final RP/PEIS. The Trustees prepared this RP/PEIS for restoration in the Kalamazoo River watershed pursuant to both CERCLA NRDA regulations and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. The NEPA process consists of a set of fundamental objectives that include interagency coordination and cooperation, and public participation in the planning and development of projects. NEPA requires Federal agencies to conduct environmental reviews of proposed actions to consider the potential impacts on the environment. The Final RP/PEIS describes restoration projects that could compensate for injuries to natural resources from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) released at and from the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/ Kalamazoo River Superfund Site (Superfund Site). Industrial activities in the Kalamazoo area have released PCBs into the environment. Recycling of carbonless copy paper at several area paper mills was the primary source of PCB release. Waste from the recycling of such paper conducted at Kalamazoo-area paper mills also contained PCBs, and the waste was disposed of by several methods that resulted in releases of PCBs into the environment. These PCBs have contaminated sediments, the water column, and biota in and adjacent to downstream sections of Portage Creek, the Kalamazoo River, and Lake Michigan. Based on the risks that PCBs pose to the environment and to human health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/ Kalamazoo River Superfund Site on the National Priorities List on August 30, 1990. PCBs are listed as hazardous substances under CERCLA. EPA and the Michigan Department of Environmental PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59191 Quality currently describe the Site being addressed by the Superfund remedial investigation as including: (1) Five disposal areas and six paper mill properties; (2) a 3-mile stretch of Portage Creek from Cork Street in the City of Kalamazoo to where the creek meets the Kalamazoo River; and (3) an approximately 80-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River, from Morrow Dam to Lake Michigan, with adjacent floodplains, wetlands, and in-stream sediments. As defined in the Stage 1 Assessment Report (MDEQ et al. 2005; available at http://www.fws.gov/ midwest/es/ec/nrda/KalamazooRiver), the Trustees are using the term Kalamazoo River Environment (KRE) to represent the entire natural resource damage assessment area. The KRE encompasses the area being addressed by the Superfund remedial investigations for the site’s operable units, along with any area where hazardous substances released at or from the Superfund site have come to be located, and areas where natural resources or the services they provide may have been affected by the Siterelated hazardous substances releases (MDEQ et al. 2005). The Trustees expect to have opportunities to settle natural resource damage claims with willing parties. The RP/PEIS provides an ecological framework, with public input, to maximize the benefits of specific restoration projects to the affected resources in the KRE that might be included in or funded by future settlements. The RP/PEIS provides criteria and guidance for Trustees to use in selecting feasible restoration projects. Next Steps In accordance with NEPA, a Federal agency must prepare a concise public Record of Decision (ROD) at the time the agency makes a decision in cases involving an EIS (40 CFR 1505.2). The Trustees will issue a ROD pursuant to NEPA regulations at 40 CFR 1505.2. Accordingly, the ROD for the Final RP/ PEIS will provide and explain the Trustees’ decisions regarding the selection of a preferred alternative. The Trustees will issue the ROD no earlier than 30 days after the Environmental Protection Agency publishes a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final RP/PEIS (40 CFR 1506.10). Administrative Record In compliance with 40 CFR 1505 et seq., the Trustees will include in the NRDA Administrative Record (Record) documents that the Trustees relied upon during the development of the Final RP/ PEIS. The hard copy Record is on file E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 59192 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 167 / Monday, August 29, 2016 / Notices at MDEQ (contact Judith Alfano at (517) 284–5061 or alfanoj@michigan.gov), and selected documents from the Record are also accessible at the following Web site: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/es/ec/ nrda/KalamazooRiver. Dated: August 24, 2016. Carrie Selberg, Acting Director, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–20723 Filed 8–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE815 Marine Mammals; File Nos. 19315 and 19674 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of applications. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Center for Coastal Studies, Right Whale Ecology Program, 5 Holway Avenue, P.O. Box 1036, Provincetown, MA 02657 [Responsible Party: Richard Delaney] and Scott Kraus, Ph.D., New England Aquarium, Edgerton Research Lab, Central Wharf, Boston MA 02110 have applied in due form for a permit to take 22 species of cetaceans and pinnipeds, including endangered North Atlantic right (Eubalaena glacialis), humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae), fin (Balaenoptera physalus), blue (B. musculus), sei (B. borealis), bowhead (Balaena mysticetus), and sperm (Physeter macrocephalus) whales, for purposes of scientific research. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before September 28, 2016. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the ‘‘Features’’ box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 19315 (Center for Coastal Studies) or File No. 19674 (Kraus) from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713–0376. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:27 Aug 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Hapeman or Sara Young, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permits are requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). File No. 19315: The applicant requests a five-year scientific research permit to monitor right whale demographics, life history traits, habitat use, and behavior in Atlantic coastal waters from the Mid-Atlantic Bight to the Gulf of Maine. Annually, up to 1,500 right whales would be approached by aircraft for photo-identification and behavioral observation; up to 700 right whales would be approached by vessel for these activities and prey mapping; and up to 10 whales would be suctioncup tagged. Opportunistic sighting data and photographs would be collected for bowhead whales and up to 20 other cetacean and pinniped species and unidentified dolphins and whales could be incidentally harassed and photographed annually during surveys. File No. 19674: Dr. Kraus requests a five-year scientific research permit to assess, quantify, and track trends in the demographic characteristics of right whales, and to identify, quantify and monitor the long term trends in anthropogenic impacts on the species. Up to 500 right whales would be approached annually by vessel or aircraft for photo-identification, behavioral observation, and blow and fecal sampling; up to 50 additional nonneonate whales would be photographed and biopsy sampled annually. Biological samples from up to 50 whales could be received, imported or exported PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 annually. During vessel surveys up to 20 animals of each species of humpback whales, fin whales, harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and Atlantic white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus acutus) could be incidentally harassed annually. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the applications to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Dated: August 18, 2016. Nicole R. Le Boeuf, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–20597 Filed 8–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE847 Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings. DATES: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet September 12–20, 2016. The Pacific Council meeting will begin on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 10 a.m., reconvening at 8 a.m. each day through Tuesday, September 20, 2016. All meetings are open to the public, except a closed session will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, September 15 to address litigation and personnel matters. The Pacific Council will meet as late as necessary each day to complete its scheduled business. ADDRESSES: Meetings of the Council and its advisory entities will be held at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise, ID 83714; telephone: (208) 343– 1871. Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 167 (Monday, August 29, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE808


Notice of availability of the Final Restoration Plan and 
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Restoration Resulting 
From the Kalamazoo River Natural Resource Damage Assessment Related to 
the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability of a Final Restoration Plan and 
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.

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SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announce the availability of 
the Final Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact 
Statement for Restoration Resulting from the Kalamazoo River Natural 
Resource Damage Assessment (RP/PEIS). The purpose of the RP/PEIS is to 
evaluate, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA), the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of 
implementing the alternative programmatic approaches to restoration in 
the Kalamazoo River watershed. USFWS, NOAA, and the State of Michigan 
(collectively referred to as the ``Trustees'') also present their plan 
for restoration projects authorized by the Comprehensive Environmental 
Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), to compensate for 
injuries to natural resources from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) 
released at and from the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo 
River Superfund Site (Superfund Site). The RP/PEIS identifies and 
evaluates the environmental impacts associated with restoration actions 
that may be implemented to compensate for injuries to natural resources 
and associated services.

ADDRESSES: Obtaining documents: You may download the RP/PEIS at

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https://www.fws.gov/midwest/es/ec/nrda/KalamazooRiver/index.html. 
Alternatively, you may request a CD of the document from Lisa Williams, 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, East Lansing Field Office, 2651 
Coolidge Road East Lansing, MI 48823.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Williams, USFWS, by email at 
lisa_williams@fws.gov or by phone at (517) 351-8324.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Comprehensive Environmental 
Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9601 et 
seq., parties responsible for releasing hazardous substances into the 
environment are liable both for the costs of responding to the release 
(by cleaning up, containing, or otherwise remediating the release) and 
for damages arising from injuries to publicly owned or managed natural 
resources resulting from the release. CERCLA's Natural Resource Damage 
Assessment (NRDA) regulations (43 CFR 11) prescribe the process of 
assessing the nature and extent of the resulting injury, destruction, 
or loss of natural resources and the services they provide. Carrying 
out of the NRDA process also includes determining the compensation 
required to make the public whole for such injuries, destruction, or 
loss. CERCLA authorizes certain Federal and State agencies and Indian 
tribes to act on behalf of the public as Trustees for affected natural 
resources. Under CERCLA, these agencies and tribes are authorized to 
assess natural resource injuries and to seek compensation, referred to 
as damages, from responsible parties, including the costs of performing 
the damage assessment. The Trustees are required to use recovered 
damages for the following purposes only: To restore, replace, or 
acquire the equivalent of the injured or lost resources and services.
    In the Draft RP/PEIS, the Trustees described restoration projects 
that could compensate for injuries to natural resources from 
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) released at and from the Allied Paper, 
Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site (Superfund Site). 
These include both general types of restoration projects as well as two 
specific projects to restore aquatic connectivity on the Kalamazoo 
River by removing dams in and near Otsego, Michigan.
    The notice of availability of the Draft RP/PEIS was published in 
the Federal Register on September 14, 2015 (80 FR 55144). The Draft RP/
PEIS presented alternative programmatic approaches to restoration in 
the Kalamazoo River watershed and two specific projects as just 
mentioned, as well as an assessment of impacts of implementing the 
restoration approaches and projects. The Trustees provided the public 
with 45 days to review and comment on the Draft RP/PEIS. The Trustees 
also held a public meeting at the Kalamazoo Nature Center on September 
15, 2015, to facilitate public understanding of the document and 
provide opportunity for public comment. The Trustees considered the 
public comments received, which informed the Trustees' analysis of 
programmatic alternatives in the Final RP/PEIS. A summary of the public 
comments received and the Trustees' responses to those comments are 
addressed in Chapter 7 with details provided in Appendix D of the Final 
RP/PEIS.
    The Trustees prepared this RP/PEIS for restoration in the Kalamazoo 
River watershed pursuant to both CERCLA NRDA regulations and National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. The NEPA process consists 
of a set of fundamental objectives that include interagency 
coordination and cooperation, and public participation in the planning 
and development of projects. NEPA requires Federal agencies to conduct 
environmental reviews of proposed actions to consider the potential 
impacts on the environment. The Final RP/PEIS describes restoration 
projects that could compensate for injuries to natural resources from 
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) released at and from the Allied Paper, 
Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site (Superfund Site).
    Industrial activities in the Kalamazoo area have released PCBs into 
the environment. Recycling of carbonless copy paper at several area 
paper mills was the primary source of PCB release. Waste from the 
recycling of such paper conducted at Kalamazoo-area paper mills also 
contained PCBs, and the waste was disposed of by several methods that 
resulted in releases of PCBs into the environment. These PCBs have 
contaminated sediments, the water column, and biota in and adjacent to 
downstream sections of Portage Creek, the Kalamazoo River, and Lake 
Michigan. Based on the risks that PCBs pose to the environment and to 
human health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the 
Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site on the 
National Priorities List on August 30, 1990.
    PCBs are listed as hazardous substances under CERCLA. EPA and the 
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality currently describe the 
Site being addressed by the Superfund remedial investigation as 
including: (1) Five disposal areas and six paper mill properties; (2) a 
3-mile stretch of Portage Creek from Cork Street in the City of 
Kalamazoo to where the creek meets the Kalamazoo River; and (3) an 
approximately 80-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River, from Morrow Dam 
to Lake Michigan, with adjacent floodplains, wetlands, and in-stream 
sediments. As defined in the Stage 1 Assessment Report (MDEQ et al. 
2005; available at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/es/ec/nrda/KalamazooRiver), the Trustees are using the term Kalamazoo River 
Environment (KRE) to represent the entire natural resource damage 
assessment area. The KRE encompasses the area being addressed by the 
Superfund remedial investigations for the site's operable units, along 
with any area where hazardous substances released at or from the 
Superfund site have come to be located, and areas where natural 
resources or the services they provide may have been affected by the 
Site-related hazardous substances releases (MDEQ et al. 2005). The 
Trustees expect to have opportunities to settle natural resource damage 
claims with willing parties. The RP/PEIS provides an ecological 
framework, with public input, to maximize the benefits of specific 
restoration projects to the affected resources in the KRE that might be 
included in or funded by future settlements. The RP/PEIS provides 
criteria and guidance for Trustees to use in selecting feasible 
restoration projects.

Next Steps

    In accordance with NEPA, a Federal agency must prepare a concise 
public Record of Decision (ROD) at the time the agency makes a decision 
in cases involving an EIS (40 CFR 1505.2). The Trustees will issue a 
ROD pursuant to NEPA regulations at 40 CFR 1505.2. Accordingly, the ROD 
for the Final RP/PEIS will provide and explain the Trustees' decisions 
regarding the selection of a preferred alternative. The Trustees will 
issue the ROD no earlier than 30 days after the Environmental 
Protection Agency publishes a notice in the Federal Register announcing 
the availability of the Final RP/PEIS (40 CFR 1506.10).

Administrative Record

    In compliance with 40 CFR 1505 et seq., the Trustees will include 
in the NRDA Administrative Record (Record) documents that the Trustees 
relied upon during the development of the Final RP/PEIS. The hard copy 
Record is on file

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at MDEQ (contact Judith Alfano at (517) 284-5061 or 
alfanoj@michigan.gov), and selected documents from the Record are also 
accessible at the following Web site: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/es/ec/nrda/KalamazooRiver.

    Dated: August 24, 2016.
Carrie Selberg,
Acting Director, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-20723 Filed 8-26-16; 8:45 am]
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