The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have developed a regional restoration plan to restore southeast Missouri’s natural resources injured by hazardous substances released from current and historic mining operations. The agencies will hold a series of public meetings and are seeking comments on the restoration plan.

Representatives from the department, the Forest Service and Fish & Wildlife Service will explain the Draft Southeast Missouri Ozarks Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment at public meetings in Hillsboro, Park Hills, Potosi, Fredericktown and Viburnum. During the meetings, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and formally comment on the restoration plan, available online at Missouri Department of Natural Resource  - Natural Resource Damages Information.

The public meeting for Fredericktown will be held Oct. 16  at 6 p.m. at the Black River Electric Cooperative, 2600 Highway 67.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are charged, primarily through federal Superfund law, with assessing injuries to and restoring natural resources that have been injured by environmental hazards such as oil discharges and hazardous substances releases. This process is referred to as Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration.  Citizens have the right to use and enjoy natural resources and states have the duty and responsibility to protect these resources.

Written comments on the restoration plan must be postmarked no later than Nov. 4, 2013. Comments and questions or requests for copies of the plan can be directed to:

Tim Rielly                                                                                

Restoration and Assessment Manager                                 

Missouri Department of Natural Resources                          

P.O. Box 176                                                                            

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176                                              

573-526-3353                                                                          

Tim.rielly@dnr.mo.gov

or

John Weber

Restoration Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

101 Park DeVille Dr. Suite A

Columbia, MO 65203

573-234-2132 (x177)

John_S_Weber@fws.gov

Copies of the restoration plan are available for review at U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 101 Park DeVille Dr. Suite A, Columbia and Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 1730 E. Elm St., Jefferson City.  

We look forward to seeing you at one of the public meetings.

If you have any special needs or requirements, please do not hesitate to contact:

Ramona Huckstep, M.S., M.P.A.

Community Involvement Coordinator

Hazardous Waste Program

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

573-522-1540

ramona.huckstep@dnr.mo.gov

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