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Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree

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In accordance with Departmental policy and 28 CFR 50.7, notice is hereby given that a proposed Consent Decree in United States v. Honeywell International Inc. (E.D. Va.), Civil Action No. 3:01CV789 was lodged on November 23, 2001 with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Consent Decree resolves the United States' claims against defendant, Honeywell International Inc., with respect to violations of the Clean Air Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (“EPCRA”), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) at its chemical manufacturing facility in Hopewell, Virginia.

Under the Consent Decree, defendant will pay the United States $110,000 in penalties. In addition, the defendant will implement five Supplemental Environmental Projects, or “SEPs,” at an estimated cost of $772,000. These SEPs include (1) Within ten months of entry of the Consent Decree and at a cost of no less than $375,000, the conversion of a refrigeration unit from use of chlorfluorocarbon-based refrigerant to hydrofluorocarbon-based refrigerant; (2) within seventeen months of entry of the Consent Decree and at a cost of no less than $300,000, the installation of an air emissions control system to reduce the release of ammonia; (3) within forty-five (45) days of entry of the Consent Decree and at a cost of no less than $35,000, the purchase of a “reverse 911” interactive notification system for the Hopewell Local Emergency Planning Committee; (4) within forty-five (45) days of entry of the Consent Decree and at a cost of no less than $20,000, the purchase of a skirted boom and trailer and associated training services for the Henrico Regional Hazardous Incident Team; and (5) within forty-five (45) days of entry of the Consent Decree and at a cost of no less than $42,000, the purchase of mass decontamination equipment and associated training for emergency response teams at two local medical centers, the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, VA and the Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, VA.

The Department of Justice will receive comments relating to the proposed Consent Decree for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of this publication. This notice was previously published in the Federal Register. As a result of the discovery of anthrax contamination at the District of Columbia mail processing center in mid-October, 2001, the delivery of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service has been disrupted. Consequently, public comments which are addressed to the Department of Justice in Washington, DC and sent by regular or overnight mail through the U.S. Postal Service are not expected to be received in a timely manner. Therefore, comments should be addressed and sent: (1) to: Janet E. Sharke, USEPA Region III (3EC00), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103; and/or (2) by facsimile to (202) 353-0296, to Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section; and/or (3) by overnight delivery, other than through the U.S. Postal Service, to Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, 1425 New York Avenue, NW., 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Each communication should refer on its face to United States v. Honeywell International Inc. DOJ reference number 90-7-1-06900.

The proposed Consent Decree may be examined at the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, 600 East Main Street, Suite 1800, Richmond, Virginia and at the Region III Office of the Environmental Protection Agency, 1650 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19103. A copy of the proposed Consent Decree may also be obtained by faxing a request to Tonia Fleetwood, Department of Justice Consent Decree Library, fax no. (202) 616-6584; phone confirmation no. (202) 514-1547., There is a charge for the copy (25 cent per page reproduction cost). Upon requesting a copy, please mail a check payable to the “U.S. Treasury”, in the amount of $13.00. to: Consent Decree Library, U.S. Start Printed Page 3235Department of Justice, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044-7611. The check should refer to United States v. Honeywell International Inc. DOJ reference number 90-7-1-06900.

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Robert D. Brook,

Assistant Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

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[FR Doc. 02-1565 Filed 1-22-02; 8:45 am]

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