Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
EPA has entered into a consent agreement with Qwest Communications International, Inc., et. al to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), and its implementing regulations. Qwest failed to prepare Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (“SPCC”) plans for thirty-five facilities where they stored diesel oil in above ground tanks. EPA, as authorized by CWA section 311(b)(6), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6), has assessed a civil penalty for these violations. The Administrator, as required by CWA section 311(b)(6)(C), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(C), is hereby providing public notice of, and an opportunity for interested persons to comment on, this consent agreement and proposed final order.
Comments are due on or before November 24, 2000.
Mail written comments to the Enforcement & Compliance Docket and Information Center (2201A), Docket Number EC-2000-010, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Mail Code 2201A, Washington, DC 20460. (Comments may be submitted on disk in WordPerfect 8.0 or earlier versions.) Written comments may be delivered in person to: Enforcement and Compliance Docket Information Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. 4033, Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. Submit comments electronically to email@example.com. Electronic comments may be filed online at many Federal Depository Libraries.
The consent agreement, the proposed final order, and public comments, if any, may be reviewed at the Enforcement and Compliance Docket Information Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. 4033, Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. Persons interested in reviewing these materials must make arrangements in advance by calling the docket clerk at 202-564-2614. A reasonable fee may be charged by EPA for copying docket materials.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Beth Cavalier, Multimedia Enforcement Division (2248-A), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone (202) 564-3271; fax: (202) 564-9001; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Electronic Copies: Electronic copies of this document are available from the EPA Home Page under the link “Laws and Regulations” at the Federal Register—Environmental Documents entry (http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr).
Qwest Communications International, Inc., a telecommunications company incorporated in the State of Delaware and located at 700 Qwest Tower, 555 Seventeenth Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202 failed to prepare SPCC plans for thirty-five facilities. Qwest Communications International, Inc. disclosed, pursuant to the EPA “Incentives for Self-Policing: Discovery, Disclosures, Correction and Prevention of Violations' (“Audit Policy”), 60 FR 66706 (December 22, 1995), that they failed to prepare SPCC plans for thirty-five facilities where they stored diesel oil in above ground storage tanks, in violation of the CWA section 311(b)(3) and 40 CFR part 112. EPA determined that Qwest met the criteria set out in the Audit Policy for a 100% waiver of the gravity component of the penalty. As a result, EPA waived the gravity based penalty ($146,175.00) and proposed a settlement penalty amount of sixteen thousand, four hundred and eighty-four ($16,484.00). This is the amount of the economic benefit gained by Qwest, attributable to their delayed compliance with the SPCC regulations. Qwest Communications International, Inc. has agreed to pay this amount in civil penalties. EPA and Qwest negotiated and signed an administrative consent agreement, following the Consolidated Rules of Procedure, 40 CFR 22.13, on October 18, 2000 (In Re: Qwest Communications International, Inc. et. al, Docket No. MM-HQ-2001-002). This consent agreement is subject to public notice and comment under CWA section 311(b)(6), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6).
Under CWA section 311(b)(6)(A), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(A), any owner, operator, or person in charge of a vessel, onshore facility, or offshore facility from which oil is discharged in violation of the CWA section 311(b)(3), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(3), or who fails or refuses to Start Printed Page 63584comply with any regulations that have been issued under CWA section 311(j), 33 U.S.C. 1321(j), may be assessed an administrative civil penalty of up to $137,500 by EPA. Class II proceedings under CWA section 311(b)(6) are conducted in accordance with 40 CFR part 22.
The procedures by which the public may comment on a proposed Class II penalty order, or participate in a Clean Water Act Class II penalty proceeding, are set forth in 40 CFR 22.45. The deadline for submitting public comment on this proposed final order is November 24, 2000. All comments will be transferred to the Environmental Appeals Board (“EAB”) of EPA for consideration. The powers and duties of the EAB are outlined in 40 CFR 22.04(a).
Pursuant to CWA section 311(b)(6)(C), EPA will not issue an order in this proceeding prior to the close of the public comment period.Start Signature
Dated: October 18, 2000.
David A. Nielsen,
Director, Multimedia Enforcement Division, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
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