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Aerial Map illustration showing the restoration site at the Kerr-McKee former wood-treatment processing plant in Navassa, North Carolina. (NOAA)

Aerial Map illustration showing
the restoration site at the
Kerr-McKee former wood-treatment
processing plant in Navassa, North
Carolina. (NOAA).

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NOAA and Trustees Receive Over $22 million to Restore Natural Resources Harmed by Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. in Navassa, NC

February 2015 - On Friday January 23, 2015 the $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for environmental and tort claims went into effect. This is the largest environmental settlement ever brought by the United States government and resolves a fraudulent conveyance lawsuit pursued by the Department of Justice. From this settlement NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the State of North Carolina will receive more than $22 million for natural resource damages for releases from the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. site in Navassa, NC.

Damages to natural resources were the result of creosote-wood treating that took place on the site from the 1930s until the mid-1970s. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from the wood treating have been found at elevated levels in on-site soils, groundwater and Sturgeon Creek sediments, which provide important habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife.

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The first of four breaches of tidal levees separating Cullinan Ranch from the tide waters of San Francisco Bay. (NOAA)

The first of four breaches of tidal
levees separating Cullinan Ranch
from the tide waters of
San Francisco Bay. (NOAA)

NOAA and Partners Reunite a Former Wetland with San Francisco Bay's Tides

January 2015 - On January 6th, a bright yellow excavator released a rush of brackish water into an area cut off from the tides for more than a hundred years. The 1,200 acre field now filling with water, known as Cullinan Ranch due to its history as a hay farm, is once again becoming a tidal wetland.

With three more levee breaches planned by the end of January, restoration of this 1,500 acre site is nearly complete, with efforts to monitor the project's progress to follow. NOAA funding of this restoration partial came from a $2.65 million settlement with Chevron as a result of the nearby Chevron Richmond Refinery discharging mercury and oil pollution into Castro Cove for years.

 


Athos I spilling crude oil into the Delaware River (NOAA)

Athos I spilling crude oil into the
Delaware River (NOAA)


Athos I Oil Spill on the Delaware River: Ten Years Later

November 2014 - This month marks 10 years since the Athos I Oil Spill on the Delaware River. On 26 November 2004, the single-hulled tanker unknowingly struck a large, submerged anchor while preparing to dock at a refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey. The anchor punctured the vessel's bottom, resulting in the discharge of nearly 265,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River and nearby tributaries. Approximately 280 miles of shoreline were oiled in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and over 11,500 birds were killed.

NOAA, along with other federal, state, and local agencies, assessed the environmental and recreational impacts of the spill and, in 2010, received $27.5 million for restoration. This money is funding 10 restoration projects that will improve the environment and economy around the Delaware River watershed.

Learn more about the spill and how the restoration projects benefit coastal communities, local economies, and natural resources.

 



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