[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 205 (Tuesday, October 23, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 64790-64791]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25965]



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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 300

[EPA-HQ-SFUND-1986-0005 [FRL-9742-9]]


National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; 
National Priorities List: Partial Deletion of the Torch Lake Superfund 
Site

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Proposed rule: notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 is issuing a 
Notice of Intent for Partial Deletion of the Isle Royale Stamp Tailings 
and Michigan Smelter Tailings parcels of OU3 and the Mason Sands parcel 
of OU1 of the Torch Lake Superfund Site (Site) located in Houghton 
County, Michigan, from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests 
public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant 
to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an 
appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution 
Contingency Plan (NCP). EPA and the State of Michigan, through the 
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), have determined 
that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. 
However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under 
Superfund.
    This partial deletion pertains to the surface tailings, drums and 
slag piles of Isle Royale and Michigan Smelter tailings parcels of OU3 
and the Mason Sands parcel of OU1. The following parcels will remain on 
the NPL and are not being considered for deletion as part of this 
action: Dollar Bay, Point Mills, Calumet Lake Tailing, Boston Pond 
Tailings, North Entry and Quincy Smelter.

DATES: Comments must be received by November 23, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
SFUND-1986-0005, by one of the following methods:
     http://www.regulations.gov: Follow online instructions for 
submitting comments.
     Email: Nefertiti DiCosmo, Remedial Project Manager, at 
dicosmo.nefertiti@epa.gov or David Novak, Community Involvement 
Coordinator, at novak.david@epa.gov.
     Fax: Gladys Beard, NPL Deletion Process Manager, at (312) 
697-2077.
     Mail: Nefertiti DiCosmo, Remedial Project Manager, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency (SR-6J), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, 
Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 886-6148; or Dave Novak, Community Involvement 
Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (SI-7J), 77 West 
Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 886-7478 or (800) 621-8431.
     Hand deliver: Dave Novak, Community Involvement 
Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (SI-7J), 77 West 
Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604. Such deliveries are only accepted 
during the docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements 
should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The normal business 
hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding 
federal holidays.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-SFUND-
1986-0005. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included 
in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 
http://www.regulations.gov, 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 http://www.regulations.gov or email. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site 
is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your 
identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of 
your comment. If you send an email comment directly to EPA without 
going through http://www.regulations.gov, 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: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information may not be publicly available, e.g., CBI or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other 
material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only 
in the hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available 
either electronically at http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at:

 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency--Region 5, 77 West 
Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604, Phone: (312) 353-1063, Hours: 
Monday, through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding federal 
holidays.
 Lake Linden/Hubbell Public Library, 601 Calumet Street, Lake 
Linden, MI 49945, Phone: (906) 482-0698, Hours: Monday, Wednesday and 
Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 
p.m.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nefertiti DiCosmo, Remedial Project 
Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (SR-6J), 77 West Jackson 
Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 886-6148, or 
dicosmo.nefertiti@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of 
today's Federal Register, we are publishing a direct final Notice of 
Partial Deletion of the Isle Royale Tailings and Michigan Smelter 
Tailings parcels of OU3 and Mason Sand parcel of OU1 of the Torch Lake 
Superfund Site without prior Notice of Intent for Partial Deletion 
because we view this as a noncontroversial revision and anticipate no 
adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for this deletion in the 
preamble to the direct final Notice for Partial Deletion, and those 
reasons are incorporated herein. If we receive no adverse comment(s) on 
this deletion action, we will not take further action on this Notice of 
Intent for Partial Deletion. If we receive adverse comment(s), we will 
withdraw the direct final Notice for Partial Deletion, and it will not 
take effect. We will, as appropriate, address all public comments in a 
subsequent final Notice of Partial Deletion based on this Notice of 
Intent for Partial Deletion. We will not institute a second comment 
period on this Notice of Intent for Partial Deletion. Any parties 
interested in commenting must do so at this time.
    For additional information, see the direct final Notice of Partial 
Deletion which is located in the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of 
this Federal Register.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 300

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Chemicals, 
Hazardous waste, Hazardous substances,

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Intergovernmental relations, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Superfund, Water pollution control, and Water supply.

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1321(c)(2); 42 U.S.C. 9601-9657; E.O. 
12777, 56 FR 54757, 3 CFR, 1991 Comp., p. 351; E.O. 12580, 52 FR 
2923; 3 CFR, 1987 Comp., p. 193.

    Dated: September 19, 2012.
Susan Hedman,
Regional Administrator, Region 5.
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