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Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Under the Clean Water Act

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Under 28 CFR 50.7, notice is hereby given that on December 3, 2003, a proposed consent decree in United States v. Government of Guam, Civil Case No. 02-00022, was lodged with the United States District Court for the District of Guam.

In this action, the United States sought injunctive relief and civil penalties under section 309 of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) against the Government of Guam for: (1) Discharges of leachate from the Ordot Landfill without a permit in violation of CWA section 301; and (2) violation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's administrative order to cease the discharges. The consent decree requires the Government of Guam to: (1) Close the Ordot Landfill, conduct environmental studies, and develop, design, construct, and operate a new sanitary landfill; (2) as a supplemental environmental project, develop and implement a comprehensive waste diversion strategy for household hazardous waste on Guam; and (3) pay a civil penalty of $200,000.

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, P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044-7611, and should refer to United States v. Government of Guam, D.J. Ref. #90-5-1-1-06658.

The consent decree may be examined at the Office of the United States Attorney, Suite 500, Sirena Plaza, 108 Hernan Cortez, Hagatna, Guam, and at U.S. EPA Region 9, Office of Regional Counsel, 75 Hawthrone Street, San Francisco, California. During the public comment period, the consent decree may also be examined on the following Department of Justice Web site:​enrd/​open.html. A copy of the consent decree may also be obtained by mail from the Consent Decree Library, P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044-7611 or by faxing or e-mailing a request to Tonia Fleetwood (, fax no. (202) 514-0097, phone confirmation number (202) 514-1547. In requesting a copy from the Consent Decree Library, please enclose a check in the amount of $20.00 (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. 03-31152 Filed 12-17-03; 8:45 am]