Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Notice of Proposed Settlement Agreement; Request for Public Comment.
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 Louisiana Environmental Action Network and Concerned Citizens of Livingston Parish: Louisiana Environmental Action Network v. Jackson, Civil Action No. 1:09-cv-01943-HHK (D. D.C.). On or about October 13, 2009, Louisiana Environmental Action Network and Concerned Citizens of Livingston Parish filed a complaint alleging that EPA Administrator Jackson failed to fulfill a mandatory duty to respond to an administrative petition to object to issuance of air permit No. 1740-00025V1 to Waste Management for the Woodside Landfill in Walker, Livingston Parish Louisiana (the “Woodside Petition”) within the 60 days specified in section 505(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act and asking the court to enter judgment: (i) Declaring that EPA's failure to perform its nondiscretionary duty to grant or deny the administrative petition within 60 days is a violation of Clean Air Act section 505(b); and, (ii) Ordering EPA to grant or deny the administrative petition within 60 calendar days of the court's ruling. Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, EPA agrees to sign a response to the Woodside Petition no later than May 28, 2010.
Written comments on the proposed settlement agreement must be received by June 1, 2010.
Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID number EPA-HQ-OGC-2010-0400 online at http://www.regulations.gov (EPA's preferred method); by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; by mail 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.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Rick Vetter, Air and Radiation Law Office (2344A), Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (919) 541-2127; fax number (919) 541-4991; e-mail address: email@example.com.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
I. Additional Information About the Proposed Settlement or Consent Decree
On October 13, 2009, Louisiana Environmental Action Network, a non-profit conservation organization, and Concerned Citizens of Livingston Parish, a non-profit corporation, (hereinafter collectively “LEAN”) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Civil Action No. 1:09-cv-01943-HHK). In the complaint, LEAN alleges that EPA has failed to fulfill a mandatory duty to respond to an administrative petition to object to issuance of air permit No. 1740-00025V1 to Waste Management for the Woodside Landfill in Walker, Livingston Parish Louisiana (the “Woodside Petition”) within the 60 days specified in section 505(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act.
The EPA and LEAN chose to enter into a proposed settlement agreement to avoid protracted and costly litigation and to preserve judicial resources. Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, EPA is to sign a response to the Woodside Petition no later than May 28, 2010.
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 Start Printed Page 22788consent is inappropriate, improper, inadequate, or inconsistent with the requirements of the Clean Air 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 Agreement
A. How can I get a copy of the settlement agreement?
Direct your comments to the official public docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OGC-2010-0400 which contains a copy of the 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 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, key in the appropriate docket identification number, then select “search”.
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?
You may submit comments as provided in the ADDRESSES section. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after the close of the comment period will be marked “late.” EPA is not required to consider these late comments.
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.Start Signature
Dated: April 23, 2010.
Richard B. Ossias,
Associate General Counsel.
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