A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Justice Opens 30-Day Public Comment Period on Proposed Settlement with Debtors at Peck Iron & Metal Superfund Site, Norfolk County, Virginia
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These wetlands in the Paradise Creek watershed have received contaminated surface runoff from the Peck Iron and Metal Superfund site in Portsmouth, Norfolk County, Virginia.
On February 28, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a 30-day public comment period on a proposed settlement between the U.S. and the debtors of Canal Corporation in bankruptcy court for environmental liabilities, including natural resource damage claims, at the Peck Iron and Metal Superfund site in Portsmouth, Norfolk County, Virginia. The proposed settlement is embodied in a Settlement Agreement that was lodged with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, on February 16.
Elevated levels of PCBs and lead have been found at the 33-acre Peck Iron and Metal Superfund site and in nearby wetlands and sediments of Paradise Creek. The release of these hazardous substances from the site into Paradise Creek likely caused injuries to natural resources and natural resource services. Paradise Creek, which borders the site on the southwest, flows into the southern branch of the Elizabeth River. The southern branch of the Elizabeth River has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the most contaminated tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.
This settlement resolves a proof of claim in bankruptcy court. Department of the Interior will receive an allowed general unsecured claim in the amount of $3,889 for natural resource damages. Department of the Interior, acting through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the only natural resource trustee participating in the proposed settlement.
Written comments regarding the proposed Settlement Agreement must be received by the U.S. Department of Justice by March 29, 2012.