The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have developed a regional restoration plan to restore southeast Missouri’s natural resources injured by hazardous substances released as a result of current and former mining operations. The agencies will hold a series of public meetings and are looking for comments on the restoration plan.
Representatives from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources confirmed they will be attending the meetings. Calls to confirm the attendance of representative from the forest service and fish and wildlife service were met with a recording due to the government shut down.
Representatives will explain the “Draft Southeast Missouri Ozarks Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment” during public meetings in Hillsboro, Park Hills, Potosi, Fredericktown and Viburnum. During the meetings, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the restoration plan ... which is available online at http://dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/sfund/nrda.htm.
The public meeting in Park Hills will be held Oct. 10 at Mineral Area College. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.
Other meeting dates include Oct. 8 at Hillsboro City Hall; Oct. 15 at Potosi Intermediate School; Oct. 16 in Fredericktown at Black River Electric Cooperative and Oct. 17 at Viburnum City Hall.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are charged, primarily through the 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.