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Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Under the Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act and Mississippi Air and Water Pollution Control Law

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Notice is hereby given that on June 24, 2004, a proposed Consent Decree (“Decree”) in United States and The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality v. Genesis Energy, Inc., Genesis Crude Oil, L.P., and Genesis Pipeline USA, L.P. (S.D. Miss.), Civil Action No. 2:04cv217BN, was lodged with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

In this action, the United States and the State of Mississippi (“State”) sought the assessment of penalties under the Clean Water Act and Mississippi Air and Water Pollution Control Law “MAWPCL”), and restoration and compensation for injuries and losses to natural resources under the Oil Pollution Act and MAWPCL, due to the discharge in 1999 of approximately 336,000 gallons of crude oil from a ruptured pipeline owned and operated by Defendants and located near Soso, Jones County, Mississippi. The Decree provides for Defendants to pay a $1 million civil penalty, of which $500,000 is to be paid to the United States and $500,000 is to be paid to the State, and for Defendants to perform a land acquisition and conservation supplemental environmental project at a cost of at least $2 million. In addition, the Decree provides for Defendants to conduct natural resource restoration projects, and to pay at least $110,137.57 to Federal and State natural resource trustees for costs of associated oversight, a wood duck nesting project, and past natural resource damages assessment costs.

The Department of Justice will receive for a period of fifteen (15) days from the date of this publication comments relating to the 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 and The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality v. Genesis Energy, Inc., Genesis Crude Oil, L.P., and Genesis Pipeline USA, L.P. (S.D. Miss.), D.J. Ref. 90-5-1-1-07553.

The Decree may be examined at the Office of the United States Attorney, 188 E. Capitol St., Jackson, Mississippi 39201, and at U.S. EPA Region 4, Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3104. During the public comment period, the Decree may also be examined on the following Department of Justice Web site, http://www.usdoj.gov/​enrd/​open.html. A copy of the 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 (tonia.fleetwood@usdoj.gov), 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 $39.75 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the U.S. Treasury. In requesting a copy exclusive of exhibits, please enclose a check in the amount of $10.50 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the U.S. Treasury.

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W. Benjamin Fisherow,

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

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[FR Doc. 04-14976 Filed 6-30-04; 8:45 am]

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