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The Lower Passaic River. (NOAA)

Proposed Plan to Cleanup Eight Miles of the Passaic River in New Jersey

April 2014 - NOAA welcomes an EPA plan to clean up the entire lower 8.3 miles of the Passaic River as an early component of the larger program to restore and revitalize the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay. The proposed cleanup Linking to a non-federal government web site. This link does not imply endorsement. includes bank to bank dredging of approximately 4.3 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment to allow for placement of a cap to cover the contaminated sediment that will remain in place. The dredged sediment would be transported off-site for disposal.

The section of the Lower Passaic River proposed for cleanup is part of the larger Diamond Alkali Superfund Site which includes the entire 17.4 miles of the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay. These areas are contaminated with dioxins resulting from releases from the former Diamond Alkali pesticide plant in Newark, NJ, as well as other contaminants. Early in the joint federal-state partnership to cleanup and restore the site, Linking to a non-federal government web site. This link does not imply endorsement. this portion of the Lower Passaic River was found to be a major source of contamination.

The Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay provide substantial important resources for wildlife and communities in the New York-New Jersey Harbor. NOAA is among the trustees who are assessing injuries to natural resources caused by the releases of hazardous substances into the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay.

Bluefin tuna

Atlantic Bluefin tuna. (Copyright:
Gilbert Van Ryckevorsel/TAG A Giant)

Latest Research Finds Serious Heart Troubles When Oil and Young Tuna Mix

March 2014 - Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico causes severe defects in the developing hearts of bluefin and yellowfin tuna, according to a new study by a team of NOAA and academic scientists.

Atlantic bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, and other large predatory fish spawn in the northern Gulf during the spring and summer months. In 2010, their spawning season directly coincided with the Deepwater Horizon spill. Their embryos, which float near the ocean surface, were potentially in harm's way as crude oil rose from the damaged wellhead to form large surface slicks. Learn more.

Kirby Barge vessel

Kirby barge response.
(U.S. Coast Guard)

Texas City Oil Spill in Galveston Bay

March 2014 - NOAA is responding to Kirby Barge vessel collision in Texas that resulted in an oil spill of approximately 168,000 gallons. On March 22, 2014, at approximately 12:30 pm, the 585 foot bulk carrier M/V Summer Wind collided with the oil tank-barge Kirby 27706. The incident occurred in Galveston Bay near Texas City, Texas. The barge contained approximately 1,000,000 gallons of intermediate fuel oil in multiple tanks.

NOAA is providing scientific support to the U.S. Coast Guard, including forecasts of the floating oil movement, shoreline assessment, information management, overflight tracking of the oil, weather forecasts, and natural and economic resources at risk. Marine mammal and turtle stranding network personnel are responding.

Natural resource damage assessment personnel are on-scene and initiating preassessment activities that could be used to identify injured resource and restoration needs. Get the latest news on the spill.

The oil tanker Exxon Valdez

The oil tanker Exxon Valdez. (NOAA)

Tweetchat: 25 Years Since Exxon Valdez

March 2014 - On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound, spilling nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil into a remote, scenic, and vibrant body of water. Prior to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it was the largest single oil spill in U.S. coastal waters. NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration was among the many organizations that provided operational and scientific support during the assessment, response, and cleanup phases.

Join us as we remember this monumental oil spill 25 years later and learn about its impacts on Alaska's lands and waters and its birds, fish, and wildlife.

Tweetchat Details: What You Need to Know

What: Use Twitter to chat directly with NOAA biologist Gary Shigenaka
When: Monday, March 24 from 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time to 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern)
How: Tweet questions to @NOAAcleancoasts using hashtag #ExxonValdez25

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