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Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice of Proposed Settlement Agreement; Request for Public Comment.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (“Act”), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement, to address a lawsuit filed by Sierra Club and the American Bottom Conservancy (collectively “Plaintiffs”) in the U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois: Sierra Club v. Johnson, Case No. 06-CV-4000 (N.D. Ill.). Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to perform a nondiscretionary duty under Clean Air Act section 505(c), 42 U.S.C. 7661d(c), to issue by May 2, 2006, an operating permit for the Veolia hazardous waste incinerator located in Sauget, Illinois (“the Facility”). Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, by July 18, 2008, EPA would either issue a decision denying an operating permit for the Facility or complete the public participation process for a draft operating permit. If EPA does not issue a decision denying an operating permit for the Facility then, by September 12, 2008, EPA would either issue a final operating permit for the Facility or issue a final decision denying the operating permit. Further, under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, EPA would pay Plaintiffs a specified amount in settlement for attorneys' fees in this matter.

DATES:

Written comments on the proposed settlement agreement must be received by July 11, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID number EPA-HQ-OGC-2008-0310, online at http://www.regulations.gov (EPA's preferred method); by e-mail to oei.docket@epa.gov; mailed to EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; or by hand delivery or courier to EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Comments on a disk or CD-ROM should be formatted in Word or ASCII file, avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption, and may be mailed to the mailing address above.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

David Orlin, Air and Radiation Law Office (2344A), Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 564-1222; fax number (202) 564-5603; e-mail address: orlin.david@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Additional Information About the Proposed Settlement Agreement

Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to perform a nondiscretionary duty under Clean Air Act section 505(c), 42 U.S.C. 7661d(c), to issue by May 2, 2006, a title V operating permit for the Veolia hazardous waste incinerator located in Sauget, Illinois (“the Facility”) under 40 CFR Part 71. Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, by July 18, 2008, EPA would either issue a decision denying an operating permit for the Facility or complete the public participation process for a draft operating permit under 42 U.S.C. 7661d(c) and 40 CFR Part 71. If EPA does not issue a decision denying an operating permit for the Facility then, by September 12, 2008, EPA would either issue a final operating permit for the Facility or issue a final decision denying the operating permit under 42 U.S.C. 7661d(c) and 40 CFR Part 71. EPA also will pay a specified amount to Plaintiffs to settle their claims for attorneys' fees.

For a period of thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the proposed settlement agreement from persons who were not named as parties or intervenors to the litigation in question. EPA or the Department of Justice may withdraw or withhold consent to the proposed settlement agreement if the comments disclose facts or considerations that indicate that such consent is inappropriate, improper, inadequate, or inconsistent with the requirements of the Act. Unless EPA or the Department of Justice determines, based on any comment which may be submitted, that consent to the settlement agreement should be withdrawn, the terms of the agreement will be affirmed.

II. Additional Information About Commenting on the Proposed Settlement

A. How Can I Get a Copy of the Settlement Agreement?

The official public docket for this action (identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OGC-2008-0310) contains a copy of the proposed settlement agreement. The official public docket is available for public viewing at the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket in the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OEI Docket is (202) 566-1752.

An electronic version of the public docket is available through http://www.regulations.gov. You may use the http://www.regulations.gov Web site to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select “search,” then key in the appropriate docket identification number.

It is important to note that EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing online at http://www.regulations.gov without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Information claimed as CBI and other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute is not included in the official public docket or in the electronic public docket. EPA's policy is that copyrighted material, including copyrighted material contained in a public comment, will not be placed in EPA's electronic public docket but will be available only in printed, paper form in the official public docket. Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access any of the publicly available docket materials through the EPA Docket Center.

B. How and To Whom Do I Submit Comments?

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If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name, mailing address, and an e-mail address or other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. This ensures that you can be identified as the submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact you in case EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties or needs further information on the substance of your comment. Any identifying or contact information provided in the body of a comment will be included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment.

Use of the http://www.regulations.gov Web site to submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA's preferred method for receiving comments. The electronic public docket system is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity, e-mail address, or other contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. In contrast to EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's electronic mail (e-mail) system is not an “anonymous access” system. If you send an e-mail comment directly to the Docket without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address is automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket.

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Dated: June 2, 2008.

Richard B. Ossias,

Associate General Counsel.

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[FR Doc. E8-13090 Filed 6-10-08; 8:45 am]

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