Notice of Lodging of Proposed Natural Resource Damages Consent Decree Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Notice is hereby given that on April 24, 2012, a proposed Consent Decree in United States and State of Arizona v. Freeport-McMoRan Corp. et al. (“Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Consent Decree”), Civil Action No. 4:12-cv-00307-HCE (D. Ariz.), was lodged with the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
The Complaint in this case was filed against Freeport-McMoRan Corporation and Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Inc. (collectively “Freeport-McMoRan”) on April 23, 2012. The cause of action is based on Section 107(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (“CERCLA”), 42 U.S.C. 9607(a). The Complaint alleges that Freeport-McMoRan is civilly liable for payment of damages for injuries to natural resources belonging to, managed by, or controlled by the United States and the State of Arizona that resulted from hazardous substance releases at and from Freeport-McMoRan's Morenci Mine in southeastern Arizona. The Complaint further alleges that surface waters, terrestrial habitat and wildlife, and migratory birds have been injured, destroyed, or lost as a result of releases of hazardous substances at and from the mine site.
Under the settlement, Freeport-McMoRan will pay $6.8 million to the United States Department of the Interior's Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Fund, which can be used to restore, rehabilitate, replace, or acquire the equivalent of wildlife and wildlife habitat injured, destroyed, or lost as a result of releases at the mine sites. Included in this amount is $98,138.70, which is designated as reimbursement of the Department of the Interior's remaining unpaid past natural resource damage assessment costs.
The Department of Justice will receive for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of this publication comments relating to the Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and either emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044-7611, and should refer to United States and State of Arizona v. Freeport-McMoran Corp. et al., Case No. 4:12-cv-00307-HCE (D. Ariz.), D.J. Ref. 90-11-3-08069/1.
During the public comment period, the Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Consent Decree may also be examined on the following Department of Justice Web site: http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html. A copy of the Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Consent Decree may also be obtained by mail from the Consent Decree Library, P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044-7611 or by faxing or emailing a request to “Consent Decree Copy” (EESCDCopy.ENRD@usdoj.gov), fax no. (202) 514-0097, phone confirmation number (202) 514-5271. If requesting a copy from the Consent Decree Library by mail, please enclose a check in the amount of $8.75 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the U.S. Treasury or, if requesting by email or fax, forward a check in that amount to the Consent Decree Library at the address given above.
Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section Environment and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-10289 Filed 4-27-12; 8:45 am]
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