[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 162 (Tuesday, August 21, 2012)]
[Pages 50531-50532]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20509]



Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Pursuant to the Clean Water 

    In accordance with 28 CFR 50.7, 38 FR 19029, notice is hereby given 
that on August 15, 2012, a Consent Decree was lodged with the United 
States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in United 
States v. City of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Civil Action No. 12-cv-
11511. A complaint in the action was also filed simultaneously with the 
lodging of the Consent Decree. In the complaint the United States, on 
behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), alleges that 
the defendant City of Fitchburg (``Fitchburg'') violated Sections 
309(b) and (d) of the Clean Water Act (``CWA''), 33 U.S.C. 1309(b) and 
(d), and applicable regulations relating to Fitchburg's failure to 
comply with the CWA in the operation of its publicly-owned treatment 
works (``POTW'') to collect and treat sanitary sewage and industrial 
wastes. The consent decree requires Fitchburg to pay a civil penalty of 
$141,000 and to undertake measures to upgrade and adjust its POTW 
facilities and operations in order to achieve compliance with the 
above-referenced provisions of the CWA and applicable regulations. 
Under the consent decree Fitchburg will also undertake a Supplemental 
Environmental Project to stabilize a portion of a riverbank in 
    For a period of thirty (30) days from the date of this publication, 
the United States Department of Justice will receive comments relating 
to the proposed Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the 
Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources 
Division, and should either be emailed to pubcomment-ees.enrd@usdoj.gov 
or mailed to P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044-7611. The comments 
should refer to United States v. Fitchburg, Massachusetts D.J. Ref. 
    During the public comment period, the proposed Consent Decree may 
be examined at the office of the United States Attorney, Suite 9200, 1 
Courthouse Way, Boston, Massachusetts 02110, and at the Region I office 
of the Environmental Protection Agency, One Congress Street, Suite 
1100, Boston, Massachusetts 02114. The proposed Consent Decree may also 
be obtained at the following Department of Justice Web site: http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html. A copy may also be obtained 
by mail from the Department of Justice Consent Decree Library, P.O. Box 
7611, Washington, DC

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20044-7611 or by faxing or emailing a request to ``Consent Decree 
Copy'' (EESCDCopy.enrd@usdoj.gov), fax no. (202) 514-0097, phone 
confirmation number (202) 514-5271. If requesting a copy from the 
Consent Decree Library by mail, please enclose a check in the amount of 
$15.75 ($.25 per page of) payable to the U.S. Treasury, or if be email 
or fax, forward a check in that amount to the Consent Decree Library at 
the address given above.

Ronald Gluck,
Assistant Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment & 
Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-20509 Filed 8-20-12; 8:45 am]