Natural Resources Damage Assessment
- Development of Comprehensive NRDA Strategies
- Technical Support for NRDAs
Formation Environmental has the necessary experience and technical and strategic capabilities to provide assistance at the injury assessment, damage quantification, and restoration planning phases of the NRDA process.
Formation’s NRD team members have assisted potentially responsible parties with a broad spectrum of natural resource damage matters. Our experience ranges from developing a variety of models for cooperatively resolving potential Trustee claims to preparing for and assisting with litigation, as either consulting or testifying experts.
Formation’s NRD team has relevant experience assisting in the development and implementation of comprehensive NRDA strategies that fully consider the range of available options for simultaneous resolution of potential state and Federal regulatory liabilities (i.e., CERCLA, CWA and state programs). We have a solid technical understanding of the regulatory framework, bioaccumulative contaminants of concern (e.g., dioxins/furans, PCBs, PAHs), land use, and other setting-related issues that will be critical to a successful settlement or defense.
Our NRD experience includes interaction with Federal, state, and Tribal Trustees for a variety of inland and coastal resources. Formation’s team has the combination of technical experience and communication skills required to assist with the complex settlement negotiations often necessary to resolve multi-Trustee NRD claims.
Ultimately, Formation’s experience and capabilities allow for contribution to a successful team effort based on a firm technical understanding of the Department of Interior’s NRD rules and other regulations, credible science, and a full consideration of the spectrum of stakeholder dynamics.
Formation’s team has also worked in advance of potential NRDAs to identify and evaluate sites owned by third parties that may be valuable for environmental mitigation, anticipating eventual NRD settlement. Depending on the size and complexity of an area, habitat criteria can be developed to aid in the prioritization of potential property. Data from geographic information systems can be used to evaluate land use, riparian habitat, existing restoration sites, topography, and other similar information. This allows for a rapid evaluation across a large geographic area. Properties can be prioritized for further reconnaissance, including refinement of the final targeted list of properties for acquisition. This type of GIS evaluation can be done dynamically with clients, so they can participate in the property evaluation process.