Skip to Content


Notice of Lodging of a Consent Decree Under the Clean Water Act

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble

Notice is hereby given that on April 25, 2011, a proposed Consent Decree in United States and the State of Iowa v. City of Dubuque, Iowa, Civil Action No. 2:11-cv-01011-EJM, was lodged with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.

In this action the United States and the State of Iowa seek civil penalties and injunctive relief for violations of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251, et seq., in connection with the City of Dubuque's operation of its municipal wastewater and sewer system. The Start Printed Page 24058Complaint alleges that the City's discharges from its sanitary sewer overflows (“SSOs”) violate the Clean Water Act because the discharge of sewage violates limitations and conditions in the City's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

Under the proposed Consent Decree, City will be required to implement injunctive measures to prevent SSOs and comply with its NPDES permit, including upgrade its wastewater treatment plant and sewer collection system. The City will perform a supplemental environmental project in which it will reconstruct four alleys in the City with permeable interlocking pavers. Finally the City will pay $205,000 in civil penalties to be split evenly between the United States and the State of Iowa.

The Department of Justice will receive comments relating to the proposed Consent Decree for a period of 30 days from the date of this publication. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and either e-mailed to or mailed to P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044-7611, and should refer to United States and the State of Iowa v. City of Dubuque, D.J. Ref. 90-5-1-1-09339.

The proposed Consent Decree may be examined at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, 901 N. Fifth St., Kansas City, KS 66101 (contact Associate Regional Counsel Christopher Muehlberger (913) 551-7623). During the public comment period, the proposed Consent Decree, may also be examined on the following Department of Justice Web site, to​enrd/​Consent_​Decrees.html. A copy of the proposed 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 (, 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 $12.50 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the U.S. Treasury or, if by email or fax, forward a check in that amount to the Consent Decree Library at the stated address.

Start Signature

Robert E. Maher, Jr.,

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

End Signature End Preamble

[FR Doc. 2011-10317 Filed 4-28-11; 8:45 am]