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Working with Industry to Cooperatively Resolve Natural Resource Damage Claims

MARCH 2, 2018 — Staff from OR&R and NOAA’s General Counsel for Natural Resources participated in a Natural Resources Damages seminar in Washington, DC on March 1-2.  

Infographic detailing a linear process.
Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process diagram. Image credit: NOAA.

The seminar featured presentations and discussions from corporations, industry attorneys, and federal, state and tribal trustee agencies that are involved in natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) cases around the country.  The goal of a NRDA is to determine the appropriate type and amount of restoration needed to compensate for impacts from oil spills, hazardous waste releases and ship groundings on public natural resources. Topics discussed included best practices for accounting for baseline conditions, improving case efficiency, options for regulatory reform, integrating science and economics, preparing for an NRDA trial, and the future of natural resource damage claims.   

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