[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 159 (Monday, August 18, 1997)]
[Notices]
[Page 44016]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-21747]


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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE


Lodging of Consent Decree Under the Comprehensive Environmental 
Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended, and the 
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, as Amended

    Under section 122 the Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (``CERCLA''), as amended, and 
28 CFR 50.7, notice is hereby given that on August 5, 1997, a proposed 
consent decree in United States v. Caldwell County, et al., Civil 
Action No. 5:97CV125-V, was lodged with the United States District 
Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
    In this action, the United States sought the reimbursement of costs 
and the performance of work at the Caldwell Systems Site (``Site'') in 
Caldwell County, North Carolina. The United States incurred these costs 
for a variety of actions authorized by section 104 of CERCLA, which 
included investigating the release and threatened release of hazardous 
substances at the Site, as well as investigating the health risks faced 
by people who formerly worked at the Site. The United States' costs for 
these actions are approximately $5.26 million. Under the consent 
decree, Caldwell County and 42 private companies agree to remove 
contaminated soil, to monitor groundwater, and to remove constaminants 
from groundwater if necessary. This work is valued at approximately 
$6.2 million. The 42 private companies also agree to guarantee a 
minimum recovery from a future de minimis settlement with other 
potentially liable parties at the Site, if EPA decides to offer such a 
settlement.
    The Department of Justice will receive for a period of thirty (30) 
days from the date of this publication comments relating to the consent 
decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General 
of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of 
Justice, Washington, DC. 20530, and should refer to United States v. 
Caldwell County, et al., D.J. Ref. No. 90-11-2-615A.
    The consent decree may be examined at the Office of the United 
States Attorney, Suite 1700, Carillon Building, 227 West Trade Street, 
Charlotte, North Carolina; at U.S. EPA Region 4, 61 Forsythe Street, 
S.E., Atlanta, Georgia; and at the Consent Decree Library, 1120 G 
Street, N.W., 4th Floor, Washington, DC, (202) 624-0892. To review the 
consent decree at U.S. EPA Region 4, interested persons should make 
arrangements by calling Charles Mikalian at (404) 562-9575. A copy of 
the consent decree may be obtained in person or by mail from the 
Consent Decree Library, 1120 G Street, N.W., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 
20005. When requesting a copy, please enclose a check in the amount of 
$124.75 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the Consent 
Decree Library.
Joel M. Gross,
Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural 
Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 97-21747 Filed 8-15-97; 8:45 am]
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