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Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment

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The Trustee Council for the 2002 Howard/White Unit No.1 oil spill and fire incident has prepared an amendment to the July 2008 "Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan / Environmental Assessment – Howard/White Unit No. 1 Oil Spill" (DARP/EA). This amendment describes changes to the restoration plan portion of that DARP/EA.

Originating outside the boundaries of the Obed Wild and Scenic River, the spill and resulting fire covered private, state, and federal lands and injured forest and stream resources and visitors' use of these resources. The Trustee Council that formed after the incident includes the National Park Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service representing the Secretary of the Interior, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation representing the Governor of Tennessee.

Upon beginning implementation of the restoration projects prescribed in the DARP/EA cited above, the Trustee Council encountered changed conditions and unavoidable circumstances with certain projects that made them unimplementable. The new projects are described in this Amendment document.

To review and comment on the document click on "Open For Comment" on the left side of this screen, select the document, open the file under "Document Content" to read, then click on "Comment on Document" to fill out and submit the comment form.

This document is open for public comment from October 10 through November 9, 2012.

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