December 11, 2003
"This is an opportunity for concerned citizens to learn about this important issue," said Thorne Bay District Ranger Dave Schmid. "I invite community members to come to the open house to get information and share their concerns and comments."
The EE/CA was prepared by Ketchikan Pulp Company through a contract with Integral, Inc., under the Forest Service's authority in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and consistent with the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan found in the Code of Federal Regulations. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation also assisted in the project.
Representatives from KPC and Integral, Inc., will be on hand at the open house to help answer questions along with Forest Service oversight staff who have been working with the project.
The EE/CA describes a review of the effectiveness of the 1996 Time Critical Removal Action and the 1997 Administrative Order on Consent for the landfills with additional information that has been gathered since Landfill 2 was capped about six years ago. No action alternatives are presented in the report, but long term operations and maintenance is addressed, including monitoring of water quality.
The administrative record file upon which the EE/CA was based is located at the Tongass National Forest Supervisor's Office in Ketchikan, the Thorne Bay Ranger District Office and at the Forest Service Regional Office in Juneau. It is available for public inspection during regular business hours beginning Dec. 15. The Forest Service will accept written comments for 30 calendar days from the date of this notice. Upon timely receipt of a request, the comment period will be extended for 15 calendar days. The Forest Service will prepare a written response to significant comments.
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