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Republication of Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Under the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Act

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Notice is hereby given that on October 4, 2001, a proposed consent decree in United States, et al., v. Oak Park Real Estate, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 01 C 7582, was lodged with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Notice of the lodging of this consent decree was first published by the Department of Justice in the Federal Register on November 15, 2001 (66 FR 57,485). The Department of Justice is republishing the notice of lodging because mail delivery problems associated with anthrax mailings to government offices have precluded the Department of Justice's receipt of public comments. To avoid additional delays related to such problems, the Department of Justice is requesting that any comments that were submitted under the original notice of lodging be resubmitted to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, as set forth below.

The consent decree settles claims against management agents and owners of several residential apartment buildings in Chicago, Illinois, which were brought on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency under the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act 42 U.S.C. 4851 et seq. (“Lead Hazard Reduction Act”). The United States alleged in its complaint that each defendant failed to provide information to tenants concerning lead-based paint hazards, and failed to disclose to tenants the presence of any known lead-based paint or any known lead-based paint hazards.

Under the consent decree, defendants have agreed to provide the required notice and disclosures, to perform inspections at the buildings for the presence of lead-based paint, to perform lead-based paint abatement, and to pay the United States and the State of Illinois administrative penalties in the amount of $40,000. The defendants manage and/or own 25 buildings with over 650 residential units.

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. As noted above, as a result of the discovery of anthrax contamination at the District of Columbia mail processing center in mid-October, 2001, the delivery of regular first-class 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, first-class mail through the U.S. Postal Service are not expected to be received in timely manner. Therefore, comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice, and sent: (1) c/o Jonathan C. Haile, Assistant United States Attorney, 219 S. Dearborn St., 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604; and/or (2) by facsimile to (202) 353-0296; 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, et al., v. Oak Park Real Estate, Inc., et al., D.J. #90-5-1-1-07056.

The proposed consent decree may be examined at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control, attention: Matthew E. Ammon, 490 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Room 3206, Washington, DC 20410, (202) 755-1785; at the office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, 219 S. Dearborn Street, 5th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60604, and at U.S. EPA Region 5, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604. 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 $12.50, to: Consent Decree Library, U.S. Department of Justice, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044-7611. The check should refer to United States, et al., v. Oak Park Real Estate, Inc., et al., D.J. #90-5-1-1-07056.

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William D. Brighton,

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

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[FR Doc. 02-1590 Filed 1-22-02; 8:45 am]