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Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice of proposed consent decree; request for public comment.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (“CAA”), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club (“Plaintiff”), in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Sierra Club v. McCarthy, No. 2:13-cv-06115-JCJ (E.D.Pa.). On October 18, 2013, Plaintiff filed a complaint that EPA failed to perform a non-discretionary duty to grant or deny seven petitions timely submitted by Plaintiff in 2012, requesting that EPA object to CAA title V operating permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for seven coal-fired power plants located in Pennsylvania. Under the terms of the proposed consent decree, EPA would be required to sign its response for two of Plaintiff's petitions by July 31, 2014, or within 30 days of the entry of this Consent Decree, whichever is later, and would be able to defer action on the other five petitions.

DATES:

Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received by June 20, 2014.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID number EPA-HQ-OGC-2014-0398, online at www.regulations.gov (EPA's preferred method); by email 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:

Susan Stahle, Air and Radiation Law Office (2344A), Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 564-1272; fax number (202) 564-5603; email address: stahle.susan@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Additional Information About the Proposed Consent Decree

The proposed consent decree would settle Plaintiff's claims in a title V deadline suit under section 505(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act concerning seven administrative petitions to object to seven title V permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for seven coal-fired power plants located in Pennsylvania. The proposed consent decree would require EPA to sign its responses for two of Plaintiff's petitions by July 31, 2014, or within 30 days of the entry of this Consent Decree, whichever is later. The proposed consent decree also includes terms that allow EPA to defer action on the other five petitions. Once EPA has signed its responses, EPA would be required to deliver notice of its responses to the Office of the Federal Register for publication within 10 business days of signature. In addition, the proposed consent decree would require EPA to transmit its determination to Sierra Club within 5 business days of signature and, if such determination contains an objection in whole or in part, to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection. Under the proposed consent decree, once EPA has met all of its obligations, and any claims by Plaintiffs for costs of litigation have been resolved pursuant to the process provided in the proposed consent decree, either party may move the Court to terminate the consent decree.

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 consent decree 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 consent decree 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 that consent to the consent decree should be withdrawn, the terms of the decree will be affirmed.

II. Additional Information About Commenting on the Proposed Consent Decree

A. How can I get a copy of the consent decree?

Direct your comments to the official public docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OGC-2014-0398 which contains a copy of the consent decree. 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 www.regulations.gov. You may use the 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 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.Start Printed Page 29189

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 email 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 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, email 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 (email) system is not an “anonymous access” system. If you send an email comment directly to the Docket without going through www.regulations.gov, your email 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: May 13, 2014.

Lorie J. Schmidt,

Associate General Counsel.

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[FR Doc. 2014-11786 Filed 5-20-14; 8:45 am]

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