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Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Under the Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

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Notice is hereby given that on September 16, 2002, a proposed consent decree in United States v. Buena Vista Mines, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 98-7226 SVW (RNBx), was lodged with the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

In this action, brought under sections 106 and 107 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. 9606, 9607, the United States sought reimbursement of response costs incurred by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) at the Buena Vista/Klau Mine Site near Paso Robles California, as well as civil penalties and treble damages arising from the failure of defendants Buena Vista Mines, Inc. (“BVMI”), Harold J. Biaggini, and Edward C. Biaggini, III to comply with an EPA administrative clean-up order. The consent decree provides for payments of $500,000 from the defendants and $100,000 from third-party defendant County of San Luis Obispo and, in addition, provides that the United States will receive the major portion of all proceeds of any future BVMI land sales. In exchange for the settlement payments, the settling parties will receive a site-wide covenant-not-to-sue, subject to certain reservations.

The Department of Justice will receive for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of this publication comments relating to the consent decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, PO Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044-7611, and should refer to United States v. Buena Vista Mines, Inc., et al., D.J. Ref. No. 90-5-1-1-4467/1.

The consent decree may be examined at the offices of U.S. EPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105. A copy of the consent decree may also be obtained by mail from the Consent Decree Library, PO Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044-7611, or by faxing a request to Tonia Fleetwood, fax no. (202) 514-0097, phone confirmation Start Printed Page 62076number (202) 514-1547. In requesting a copy, please enclose a check in the amount of $10.75 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the U.S. Treasury.

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Ellen M. Mahan,

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

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[FR Doc. 02-25099 Filed 10-2-02; 8:45 am]