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2000 Injury Determination Report This Report of Injury Assessment and Injury Determination presents a comprehensive evaluation of injuries to natural resources in the Coeur d’Alene River basin resulting from releases of mining-related hazardous substances. Natural resources of the Coeur d’Alene River basin that were assessed for injury include surface water; groundwater; bed, bank, and shoreline sediments; riparian and floodplain soils; aquatic biota, including both fish and aquatic invertebrates; wildlife, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians; and vegetation.
2007 Interim Restoration Plan (PDF) The FIRP is being proposed prior to final resolution of the Trustees’ natural resource damage claims against the remaining defendants responsible parties to take advantage of opportunities to restore injured resources using currently available funding to implement interim restoration projects. The scope of restoration activity undertaken as a result of the FIRP would depend on current and near future funds, property, and services made available through the resolution of natural resource damage claims.
NRDA The U.S. Department of Interior’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program, in partnership with affected state, tribal and federal trustee agencies, conducts damage assessments which are the first step toward resource restoration and used to provide the basis for determining restoration needs that address the public’s loss and use of natural resources.
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), as amended (42 U.S.C. §§ 9601, et seq.), including but not limited to sections 104, 107, 111(i), and 122.   This law allows for Trustees for natural resources to assess and recover damages for injury to natural resources from releases of hazardous substances and use the damages for restoration, replacement, or acquisition of equivalent natural resources.  Provides permanent authorization to appropriate receipts from responsible parties.
NEPA The National Environmental Policy Act was established to foster and promote the general welfare, to create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans.
CWA Federal Water Pollution Control Act or Clean Water Act (CWA), as amended (33 U.S.C. §§ 1251, et seq.), including but not limited to section 311(f).  This Act authorizes trustees for natural resources to assess and recover damages for injuries to natural resources from hazardous substances in the navigable waters of the U.S., adjoining shorelines, or waters of the contiguous zone; any connection with activities under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. §§ 1331, et seq.) or the Deepwater Port Act of 1974 (33 U.S.C. §§ 1501, et seq.); or that which may affect natural resources belonging to, appertaining to, or under the exclusive management authority of the U.S.