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

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice; request for public comment.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. 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 liabilities under CERCLA of twenty-six (26) de minimis parties for response costs incurred and to be incurred at the Malvern TCE Superfund Site, East Whiteland and Charlestown Townships, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

DATES:

Comments must be provided on or before August 25, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Comments should be addressed to Suzanne Canning, Docket Clerk, 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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Joan A. Johnson (3RC41), 215/814-2619, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2029.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice of de minimis settlement: In accordance with section 122(i)(1) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 122(i)(1), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement concerning the Malvern TCE Superfund Site, in East Whiteland and Charlestown Townships, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The administrative settlement is subject to review by the public pursuant to this Notice. The proposed agreement has been reviewed and approved by the United States Department of Justice. The following de minimis parties have executed signature pages, consenting to participate in this settlement: Allister Manufacturing Corporation/C.P. Allstar Corporation/Relm Wireless Corporation; Athena Controls, Inc.; Ametek, Inc.; Airline Hydraulics Corporation; BFI Waste Service of Pennsylvania, LLC/BFI Waste Systems of North America, Inc./Browning-Ferris Industries a/k/a Allied Waste; Camdel Metals Corporation; Carvel Hall, Inc./Syratech Corporation/CHI International, Inc./Towle Manufacturing Company; CK Systematics Inc./Systematics, Inc.; E. Frank Hopkins Company, Inc.; Fabric Development, Inc.; Fergusson-McKenna Supply, Inc.; Fraser-Volpe Corporation; Gulf & Western Industries, Inc./Collins & Aikman Products Co./Heartland Industrial Partners, L.P.; High Energy Corporation; Kosempel Manufacturing Company; Leeds & Northrup Company/SPX Corporation; Matheson Instruments, Inc./Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc.; Model Finishing Company, Inc.; Narco Avionics, Inc.; Oxford Metal Products Co., Inc.; Philco-Ford Corporation/Loral Space & Communications, Ltd./Space Systems/Loral, Inc./Ford Motor Company, Inc.; Princo Instruments, Inc.; Prodelin, Inc./Start Printed Page 44534M/A-COM, Inc.; Sermetal, Inc./Sermetech International Incorporated/Teleflex Incorporated; Solid State Scientific, Inc./American Financial Group, Inc.; Xynatech Inc., (NM Corp)/Xynatech Inc., (PA Corp)/National Metalcrafters (PA Corp)/Xynatech Manufacturing (PA Corp).

The twenty-six (26) settling parties collectively have agreed to pay $996,210.00 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 during this comment period disclose facts or considerations which indicate the proposed settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. Monies collected from the de minimis parties will be applied towards past and future response costs incurred by EPA or PRPs performing work at or in connection with the Site. The settlement includes a premium payment equal to either 125% or 225% of the estimated future response costs incurred in connection with the Site, to be assessed as follows: 125% assessed for those parties that have not received a prior de minimis settlement offer from EPA; and 225% for those parties that received a prior settlement offer from EPA but declined to participate in a prior settlement. The additional premium assessed for those parties that received a prior settlement offer from EPA but declined to participate in a prior settlement, was intended to mitigate any financial gain the parties might have obtained by not participating in the first settlement. The settlement also includes a reservation of rights by EPA, pursuant to which EPA reserves its rights to seek recovery from the settling de minimis parties of response costs incurred by EPA in connection with the Site to the extent such costs exceed $31.2 million.

EPA is entering into this agreement under the authority of section 122(g) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 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 potentially responsible parties in connection with the Malvern TCE Superfund Site, each of whom is responsible for .75 percent or less of the volume of hazardous substance sent to the Site. As part of this de minimis settlement, EPA will grant the twenty-five settling de minimis parties a covenant not to sue or take administrative action against any of the twenty-five settling PRPs for reimbursement of response costs or injunctive relief pursuant to sections 106 and 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 and 9607, or for injunctive relief pursuant to section 7003 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. 6973, with regard to the Site. EPA initially issued this settlement offer to the de minimis parties on August 18, 2003. This offer was subsequently revised and reissued on October 20, 2003.

The Environmental Protection Agency will receive written comments relating to this settlement for thirty (30) days from the date of publication of this notice. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. Commenters may request an opportunity for a public meeting in the affected area in accordance with section 7003(d) of RCRA, 42 U.S.C. 6973(d). A copy of the proposed Administrative Order on Consent can be obtained from Joan A. Johnson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, Office of Regional Counsel, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2029, or by contacting Joan A. Johnson at (215) 814-2619.

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Dated: July 19, 2004.

Richard J. Kampf,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region III.

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[FR Doc. 04-16945 Filed 7-23-04; 8:45 am]

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