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UNANTICIPATED DI COVEIUES PLAN FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES INCLUDING fJUMAN REMAIN
UNANTICIPATED DISCOVERIES PLAN
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The purpose of archaeological surveys during theproject design phase is to determine 'the presence and disposition of potential historic and pre-contact Archeological Properties with in the project areas of'potential effect (APEs). These archeological stud-ies are conducted pursuant tc. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation AcL of 1966 (16 USC 470t). as amended (1976 ]980,1992 and 1999) and implanting regulations of the Advisory Council on Interior - tandards for Archeology and Historic Preservation 48 FR 44716-42 (1983) and the applicable laws and regulations pertaining to the identification, preservation and protection of Historic Properties in New York State. These procedures are consistent with the relevant federal regulations (36 CPR 800.11).
l. Lawrence Wind_power, LLC is committed to the protection and preservation of Historic Properties, in accordance with federal and state legislation. St. Lawrence Windpower LL recognizes that, despite the intensive archaeological resource field investigations that were performedprior to project construction, it is nonetheless possible that previously unknown archeological resources could be discovered during the project constructionprocess. St. Lawrence Wind power. LLC recogniz s the requirement far strict compliance with federal and state regulations and guidelines regarding the
treatment of human.remains, if any are discovered. The following details the protocol that will be followed in the event that ne archaeological resources including human remains, are discovered during the construction process.
These procedures present the approach that S1. Lawrence Windpower, LLC will use to address unanticipated discoveries of archeological resources during construction activities of the t. Lawrence Wind Project.
II. ARCAEOLOGTCAL FEATUlffi DISCOVERIES
Archaeological features may be discovered by project or contractor personnel. The following protocols will be adhered to in the event of a discovery of features during onstruction,
A Stop Activities
Iffeatures are uncovered during .a construction activity the on-site contractor' s construction supervisor ,:vU1 stop aU activity within the immediate vicinity of the discovery, unless safety concerns are an issue. Specifically the construction crew will stop at the spot where the "find" is uncovered and not resume construction within 20 feet of the find until cleared by the project's Environmental Monitor. (A "find' is a significant archeological-valuable discovery.)
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B. Make No1ifications
After construction activity has slopped the contractor s construction supervisor will notify the project's Environmental Monitor, who will immediately notify the project's Cultural Resource Manager ("CRM").
C. Initial Determinations
The CRM will determine whether the fe-ature(s was recorded during a previous archaeological survey. This "Will be accomplished by reviev ing project maps and other applicable data. If the discovery is determined by the CRM to be within the previously identified site area where archeological excavation has taken place and resulted in the area being previously cleared for con tru tion by the State Hi toric Preservation Officer ("SHPO"), the CRM will notify the project s Environmental Monitor who, in turn. will notif the contractor s construction supervisor tbat construction activates may resume.
If the feature(s) is discovered in an area in which sites were notpreviously recorded.the CRM ... vill review the location and type of discovered material with the appropriate onsite personnel, and also will also inform and offer the SHPO representative the opportunity to review the discovery .. If the CRM determines that additional on-site archeological investigations are required the CRM will so inform the project's Environmental Monitor " ho, in turn, will inform the construction contractor that construction activities must remain stopped in the immediate vicinity oftbe discovery and in any areas in which further investigation is warranted, St. Lawrence Windpower's Environmental Manager will arrange for an archaecl gical excavation crew to be on site tpcarry out an additional investigation. These activities will take place as soon as practicably possible,
Construction activities in the area of the discovery, the boundaries of which will be defined based on a r view of the resources identified, will not resume until the site bas been surveyed and the results re iewed with SHPO. The site will be flagged off-limits to work, and will be seemed to protect the potential significant resource.
The following activities will take place as quickly as possible in order for construction to 'continue in a timely manner:
1. The CRM, 'with support from the archaeological team, will conduct a physical review
and will test the site area 8$ necessary. -
2. The CRM will determine, based on the features found, their research potential and whether the site is significant or not. If SHPO concurs that the site is not potentially significant the project's Environmental Monitor will be notified that construction may
resume and. a copy of the findings will be provided to SHPO. .
3. If the CRM recommends thatthe site is Historic Property and SH.PO concurs, then data recovery will commence. Every effort will be made to avoid significant Historic
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Properties during construction or to .implernent measures in can ultation with SHPO to avoid adversely affecting any site.
4. If data recovery is required the SHPO w:ill be asked to provide comment OD an acceptable methodology for data recovery that meets the Secretary of the Interior'S
tandards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (NPS 1983). It is expected that any data recovery may take up to but no more than 96 hour: to complete. Construction in the archaeological site area will not re-commence until all archaeological survey work is completed. ~ final technical report will be filed within 3 months of the completion ofthe field work.
ill HUMAN REMAINS DISCOVERIES
A. The treatment of any human remains encountered during construction will be guided by the policy statement adopted by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and by relevant state laws and guidelines. Any human skeletal remains, regardless of antiquity or ethnicorigin wilJ at all times be treated with dignity and respect.
B. The procedures that, will be followed in the event that potential skeletal material is discovered during construction of the S t. Lawrence Wind Proj ect are as 1'0 U ows:
1. Stop Activities
If any personnel on the construction site identify potential skeletal remains or indicators of potential skeletal remains such as a morLuary monuments such as gravestones, the contractor's on-site supervisor will slop all construction. work that could affect the integrity of the remains, The remains will not be touched, moved, or further disturbed until assessed by the Environmental Monitor.
2. Make Notifications
If potential remains are discovered the construction supervisor will notify the project s Environmental Monitor who wi 11 in tum notify theCRM. 111e CRM wi II notify SHPO.
3. Initial Determinations
The CRM will determine if the skelet-al remains are human; this may require consolation with on-call local physical anthropologist. If the CRM determines the skeletal remains to be non-human and no-other archaeological features that require evaluation ate present, the project's Environmental Monitor will notify the contractor that con truction may proceed.
I f the CRM or physical anthropologist, determines the remains to be human, the project's Environmental Monitor will notify the-Local Medical Examiner and the Looal Police Agency.
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4. Site Protection/Exhumation and Treatment of Human Remains
In consultation with SHPO, reasonable efforts will be made to avoid ad ersely affecting the remains. Howe er, where it is not practicable, any human remains will be carefully exh u meet, following a protocol to be prepared pursuant to the provisions of 36 CPR 800.11 (b)(2)(ii) in consultation with SHPO.
5. The LocalPollee will advise the Errvironmental Monitor when the site is ready for construction to resume.
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