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Notice of Proposed Purchaser Agreement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice; request for public comment.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (“CERCLA”), 42 U.S.C. 9601-9675, notice is hereby given that a proposed purchaser agreement (“Purchaser Agreement”) associated with the Franklin Smelting Site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was executed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice and is now subject to public comment, after which the United States may modify or withdraw its consent if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the Purchaser Agreement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Purchaser Agreement would resolve certain potential EPA claims under section 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607, against PIDC Local Development Corporation (“Purchaser”). The settlement would require the Purchaser to, among other things, pay the sum of $5,000 to the EPA Hazardous Substance Superfund, provide an irrevocable right of access to EPA, and record notice of the agreement in the local land records. This Purchaser Agreement was negotiated and signed by the proposed purchaser prior to the enactment, in January 2002, of Public Law 107-118, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act.

For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the proposed Purchaser Agreement. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

DATES:

Comments must be submitted on or before July 24, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

The proposed Purchaser Agreement and additional background information relating to the proposed Purchaser Agreement are available for public inspection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. A copy of the proposed Purchaser Agreement may be obtained from Andrew S. Goldman (3RC41), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1650 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19103. Comments should reference the “Franklin Smelting Site Prospective Purchaser Agreement” and “EPA Docket No. CERCLA-03-2001-0270,” and should be forwarded to Andrew S. Goldman at the address below or through electronic mail at goldman.andrew@epa.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Andrew S. Goldman (3RC41), Sr. Assistant Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: (215) 814-2487.

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Dated: June 17, 2002.

Thomas C. Voltaggio,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region III.

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[FR Doc. 02-15878 Filed 6-21-02; 8:45 am]

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