[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 52 (Friday, March 16, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15752-15753]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-6425]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9648-4]


Notice of Proposed Prospective Purchaser Agreement Amendment 
Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and 
Liability Act of 1980, as Amended by the Superfund Amendments and 
Reauthorization Act of 1986

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice. Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a proposed prospective purchaser 
agreement amendment (``PPA Amendment'') associated with the GE-
Pittsfield/Housatonic River Site, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was 
executed by the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and the 
Department of Justice and is now subject to public comment, after which 
the United States may modify or withdraw its consent to the PPA 
Amendment if comments received disclose facts or considerations 
indicating that the PPA Amendment is inappropriate, improper, or 
inadequate. The PPA Amendment would resolve certain potential EPA 
claims under Sections 106 and 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 and 9607, 
and other statutes, against the Pittsfield Economic Development 
Authority (``PEDA''). In lieu of financial consideration, in exchange 
for EPA's covenant not to sue, the PPA Amendment would require PEDA to 
acquire certain parcels along the banks of Silver Lake in Pittsfield, 
impose institutional controls on such parcels, and refrain from 
damaging certain natural resources plantings on the Silver Lake bank 
parcels.
    For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this 
notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the PPA 
Amendment. The Agency's response to any comments received will be 
available for public inspection at the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, Region I Office, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 16, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R01-
CERCLA 01-2002-0007, by one of the following methods:
     Email: John W. Kilborn, Senior Enforcement Counsel at 
Kilborn.john@epa.gov.
     Mail: John W. Kilborn, Senior Enforcement Counsel, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, 5 Post Office Square (Mail 
Code OES4-3), Boston, MA 02109.
     Hand Delivery: John W. Kilborn, Senior Enforcement 
Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, 5 Post Office 
Square (Mail Code OES4-3), Boston, MA 02109. Business Hours: Monday 
through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Such deliveries are accepted only 
during business hours of operation, and special arrangements should be 
made for deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-R01-CERCLA 
01-2002-0007. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be 
included in the public docket without change, including any personal 
information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed 
to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information 
that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through email. If 
you send an email comment directly to EPA, your email address will be 
automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is 
placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you 
submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name 
and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any 
disk or CD-ROM you submit. 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. Electronic files should avoid 
the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of 
any defects or viruses.
    Docket: The PPA Amendment and additional background information are 
available for public inspection at the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, Region I Office, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109. A copy 
of the PPA Amendment may be obtained from Ann Gardner, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region I Office, 5 Post Office Square, 
Boston, MA 02109 (617-918-1895) or by email at Gardner.ann@epa.gov. The 
PPA Amendment is also posted on EPA's GE-Pittsfield Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/region1/ge/publiccomment.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John W. Kilborn, Senior Enforcement 
Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, 5 Post Office 
Square--Suite 100, Mail Code (OES4-3), Boston, MA 02109-3912. Phone: 
(617) 918-1893.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is given in accordance with the 
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 
1980 as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 
1986, (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9601-9675.

    Dated: March 1, 2012.
James T. Owens III,
Director, Office of Site Remediation and Restoration, Region I.
[FR Doc. 2012-6425 Filed 3-15-12; 8:45 am]
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