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DWH NRDA Restoration - Florida TIG Draft Restoration Plan 3 and Environmental Assessment: Water Quality

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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the largest maritime oil spill in U.S. history. It resulted in the discharge of millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), each party responsible for a vessel or facility from which oil is discharged, or which poses the substantial threat of a discharge, is liable for, among other things, removal costs and damages for injury to, destruction of, loss, or loss of use of natural resources, including the reasonable cost of assessing the damage. Pursuant to OPA, federal and state natural resource trustees, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and trustee agencies from the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, were charged with assessing and restoring for injuries to affected Gulf resources.

Under a global settlement reached on April 4, 2016, the Trustees released the Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PDARP/PEIS). The settlement agreement includes a funding schedule that will extend through 2031. During this timeframe the trustees will provide many opportunities for public participation, including the opportunity to submit project ideas and proposals and to comment on draft restoration plans.

Consistent with the PDARP/PEIS, the Florida Trustee Implementation Group has prepared a Draft Restoration Plan 3 and Environmental Assessment. In the Draft Plan, the Florida TIG analyzed a reasonable range of thirteen project alternatives and, pursuant to the NEPA, a no action alternative. Two of the alternatives analyzed are not preferred by the Trustee Implementation Group. The total estimated cost to implement the eleven preferred alternatives is approximately $111.5 million. Funding to implement any of the alternatives ultimately selected by the Florida Trustee Implementation Group would come from the Water Quality Restoration Type Allocation.

Contact Information

Sarah Ketron; Florida Department of Environmental, 850-245-2167

Tripp Boone; Environmental Protection Agency, Boone, 228-209-7555