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SUPERFUND

ALCOA West




Grasse River Update

Ohiarihko:wa / July 2013

With the issuance of the April 2013 Record of Decision (ROD) for the Grasse River Superfund site, the start of the next of the remedial process has begun. The next phase is Remedial Design. In this step, the details and specifics of the chosen remedy are discussed and finalized between the stakeholders (SRMT, USEPA, NYSDEC, NYSDOH, and NOAA) and the potentially responsible party (Alcoa). The April 2013 ROD has finalized an endpoint for the remedial process. The remedial design phase is comparable to a map in which the best route to get to the chosen endpoint is selected.

Although the April 2013 ROD has chosen a strategy of using near shore dredging and main channel capping, it is during the remedial design phase in which the stakeholders and the PRP specify what areas receive which treatment and what techniques and equipment are employed.

Along with the specification of the design details, the USEPA and NYSDEC with the SRMT have begun to form Community Involvement Plan (CIP). The purpose of the CIP is to provide guidelines in which community members and the USEPA can effectively communicate. It is paramount that the community be aware of what activities are planned; but also just as equally important that the USEPA be aware of the community’s concerns and questions. The CIP will spell out which avenues are available for either entity (agency or community) to share information.

It is still the overall goal for the SRMT is to have the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination of the fish and other biota in the Grasse River drop to safe levels and eventually become non-existent. Once these safe levels are achieved then the surrounding community of Akwesasne can once again return to subsistence fishing.

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division Posted: 2013.07.11
http://www.srmtenv.org/index.php?spec=superfund/alcoawest/main


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