NPS Caneel Bay Environmental Investigation Seeks Public Input

Caneel Bay Resort, St. John (file photo)

The National Park Service (NPS) will release the Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis (EE/CA) draft report on environmental conditions at Caneel Bay Resort on June 10 and begin a 30-day comment period to receive public input on the report and findings to date.

The EE/CA, which was initiated at Virgin Islands National Park in February, includes the collection, survey and inspection of soil and groundwater samples, buried waste and building materials present in the designated study area, and an analysis conducted by an independent, accredited laboratory. The resulting draft report covers the methodology, results and findings, alternatives to address any risks identified as unacceptable to human health or the environment, and recommended cleanup actions.

A public “Notice of Availability” of the Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis report will be published in the Virgin Islands Daily News and on the project website

The public is encouraged to review the draft report and offer feedback during the public comment period, which will run from June 10 through July 9. During this time, the NPS will hold two virtual public meetings on the Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis report, including:

  • A Community Learning Session on June 10 at 5:30 p.m. for NPS officials to provide attendees an overview of the draft report and findings, and
  • An NPS Listening Session onJune 24 at 5:30 p.m. when the public will have an opportunity to provide oral comments on the draft report.

The public may join the virtual Microsoft Teams meeting by going on their computer or mobile app.  Or by calling (audio only) +1 202-640-1187, phone conference ID is 872 808 560#

Comments may also be submitted electronically through the project website. The 30-day public comment period will be extended for an additional 15 days upon timely request.

Once the comment period ends, the NPS will provide responses to significant public comments and inform the public and stakeholders of its decision in an action memorandum, which will be made available to the public in the site administrative record file.