On July 9, 2020, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed consent decree with the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming in the lawsuit entitled United States of America v. J.R. Simplot Company, et al., Civil Action No. 20-CV-125-F. If approved by the court, the consent decree would resolve the claims of the United States against J.R. Simplot Company and Simplot Phosphates, LLC (Simplot) for injunctive relief and civil penalties for alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and for civil penalties for alleged violations of the Emergency Planning And Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), at Simplot's phosphoric acid and fertilizer manufacturing plant located near Rock Springs, Wyoming. The consent decree would require Simplot to (1) implement compliance projects at the Rock Springs facility; (2) comply with specified requirements for management of wastes or other materials at the facility and in the facility's phosphogypsum stack system, (3) comply with specified requirements for the eventual closure and long-term care of the facility, and provide financial assurance to cover the estimated cost of such obligations; and (4) continue monitoring the groundwater at and near the facility pursuant to an existing order of the State of Wyoming and, if needed in the future based on the monitoring, implement corrective action to address any groundwater contamination. The consent decree would also require Simplot to revise the annual Toxic Chemical Release Inventory Reporting Forms it submitted under EPCRA for years 2004-2013 to include estimates of compounds that previously were not included in those reports. In addition, the consent decree would require Simplot to pay a civil penalty of $775,000. In return for Simplot's compliance with these requirements, the consent decree would resolve past RCRA and EPCRA violations at the Rock Springs facility that the United States' complaint alleges. Provided that Simplot remains in compliance with consent decree's requirements for the management of wastes or other materials, under the consent decree the United States would also covenant not to sue Simplot under RCRA for its management of wastes or other materials at the Rock Springs facility.
The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on the consent decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and should refer to United States of America v. J.R. Simplot Company, et al., D.J. Ref. No. 90-7-1-08388/8. All comments must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days after the publication date of this notice. Comments may be submitted either by email or by mail:
|To submit comments:||Send them to:|
|By mail||Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044-7611.|
During the public comment period, the consent decree may be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department website: http://www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decrees. We will provide a paper copy of the consent decree upon written request and payment of reproduction costs. Please mail your request and payment to: Consent Decree Library, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044-7611.
Please enclose a check or money order for $123.50 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. For a paper copy without the Appendices and signature pages, the cost is $15.00.
Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2020-15303 Filed 7-15-20; 8:45 am]
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