Notice is hereby given that on September 29, 2004, a proposed Consent Decree in United States of America, and the State of New Mexico v. The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company, Civil Action No. CIV-104-1102 RB WDS, was lodged with the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.
In this action the United States, on behalf of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), and the State of New Mexico, on behalf of the New Mexico Environment Department, sought abatement of an imminent and substantial endangerment resulting from, and recovery of response costs incurred and to be incurred in response to releases of hazardous substances from the AT & SF Albuquerque Superfund Site, located in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, under Sections 106(a) and 107(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. 9606(a) and 9607(a). The Complaint alleges that hazardous substances, including PCP, zinc chloride, creosote and its constituents, were released from a wood treatment plant owned and operated by Defendant The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company's (“BNSF”) predecessor, resulting in contamination of soil and groundwater, including a plume of dense non-aqueous phase liquid (“DNAPL”) in the upper zone of the Santa Fe formation aquifer. The Consent Decree requires BNSF to remediate soil and groundwater contamination, including the DNAPL plume, by implementing the remedial action for the Site selected by EPA in its June 2002 Record of Decision. The Consent Decree also requires BNSF to reimburse EPA for past response costs of $324,980.74 and to pay response costs incurred in the future by EPA and New Mexico in connection with the Site. The Consent Decree also resolves BNSF's claim that the federal government is partially responsible for Site remediation due to alleged federal control of the facility during World War I, by requiring the United States to pay BNSF $590,000.
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 et al. v. The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company, D.J. Ref. 90-11-2-07889.
The Consent Decree may be examined at the Office of the United States Attorney, District of New Mexico, 201 Third Street NW., Ste. 900, Albuquerque, NM 87102, and at U.S. EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Ste. 1200, Dallas TX 75202. During the public comment period, the Consent Decree may also be examined on the following Department of Justice Web site, http://www.usdoj.gov/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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax no. (202) 514-0097, phone confirmation number (202) 514-1547. In requesting a copy from the Consent Decree Library, please specify whether you would like a copy of the Consent Decree either with or without its appendices. For a copy of the Consent Decree with appendices enclose a check in the amount of $78.50 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the U.S. Treasury. For a copy of the Consent Decree without appendices enclose a check in the amount of $23.50 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the U.S. Treasury.Start Signature
Thomas A. Mariani, Jr.,
Assistant Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 04-23496 Filed 10-20-04; 8:45 am]
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