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Proposed Administrative Settlement Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

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Environmental Protection Agency.


Request for Public Comment.


The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to enter into a de minimis settlement pursuant to Section 122(g)(4) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9622(g)(4). This proposed settlement is intended to resolve the liability under CERCLA of Specialty Castings Corporation (“Settling Party”) for response costs incurred and to be incurred at the Malvern TCE Superfund Site, East Whiteland and Charlestown Townships, Chester County, Pennsylvania. relating to the Malvern TCE Superfund Site (“Site”).


Comments must be provided by August 26, 2002.


Comments should be addressed to Joan A. Johnson (3RC41), Assistant Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029, and should refer to the Malvern TCE Superfund Site, East Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

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Joan A. Johnson (3RC41), Assistant Regional Counsel, 215/814-2665, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2029.

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Notice of de minimis Settlement: In accordance with Section 122(i)(1) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622(i)(1), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement concerning the Malvern TCE Superfund Site, in East Whiteland Chester County, Pennsylvania. The administrative settlement is subject to review by the public pursuant to this Notice. This agreement has been approved by the Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, or his designee.

Specialty Castings Corporation (“Settling Party”) has agreed to pay $50 to the Hazardous Substances Trust Fund subject to the contingency that EPA may elect not to complete the settlement if comments received from the public Start Printed Page 48898during this comment period disclose facts or considerations which indicate the proposed settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. This amount to be paid by the Settling Party was based upon EPA's review of financial information relating to the Settling Party and a determination by EPA that the Settling Party has a limited ability to pay monies to settle EPA's claims. Monies collected from the Settling Party will be applied towards past and future response costs incurred by EPA or PRPs performing work at or in connection with the Site.

EPA is entering into this agreement under the authority of Sections 107 and 122(g) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607 and 9622(g). Section 122(g) authorizes early settlements with de minimis parties to allow them to resolve their liabilities at Superfund Sites without incurring substantial transaction costs. Under this authority, EPA proposes to settle with Settling Party in connection with the Malvern TCE Superfund Site, based upon a determination by EPA that Settling Party is responsible for 0.75 percent or less of the volume of hazardous substance sent to the Site.

The Environmental Protection Agency will receive written comments relating to this settlement for thirty (30) days from the date of publication of this Notice. A copy of the proposed Administrative Order on Consent can be obtained from Joan A. Johnson (3RC41). Assistant Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103-2029, or by contacting Joan A. Johnson at (215) 814-2619.

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Thomas C. Voltaggio,

Acting Regional Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III.

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[FR Doc. 02-18988 Filed 7-18-02; 8:45 am]