Case: Albemarle Sound/Weyerhaeuser, NC
The Trustees, in anticipated cooperation with Weyerhaeuser and its
representatives, will assess the nature and extent of potential natural
resource injuries to the trust resources associated with Welch Creek, the lower
Roanoke River and Albemarle Sound. The Trustees have determined that
recreational fishing has been, and continues to be, adversely affected due to
dioxin contamination. An economics technical working group (TWG) has been
assembled to refine the assessment of injuries to recreational fishing due to
fish consumption advisories which have been in effect in the assessment area in
some form since 1990. An ecological TWG has been assembled to assess potential
past, present, and future injuries to ecological trust resources. Remedial
Investigation reports for Welch Creek and the lower Roanoke River have
documented dioxin and furan contamination in biota collected from these waters.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Baseline Ecological Risk
Assessment indicates risk from dioxin exposure to:
• Living resources, including fish, birds, insectivorous
mammals, benthic macroinvertebrates, soil invertebrates, and omnivorous,
carnivorous, piscivorous, worm-eating, and insectivorous birds.
The ecological TWG will determine whether injury (i.e., adverse health effects)
has occurred to these living resources.