[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 83 (Wednesday, April 30, 2014)]
[Page 24452]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-09801]



Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Clean Air 

    On April 24, 2014, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed 
consent decree with the United States District Court for the Northern 
District of Ohio in the lawsuit entitled United States v. City of 
Akron, et al., Civil Action No. 5:14-cv-00884.
    In the Complaint, the United States alleges that the City of Akron 
(``City'') and Akron Energy Systems LLC (``AES'') (collectively 
``Defendants'') violated, at a steam generating facility that they own 
and operate, respectively, in Akron, Ohio, the Prevention of 
Significant Deterioration regulations and the New Source Performance 
Standards, both promulgated under the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7401 et 
    Under the consent decree, the Defendants will shut down the 
facility's coal-fired boiler by no later than September 30, 2015. The 
City will either replace the steam-generating capacity of the coal-
fired boiler with one or more cleaner-burning natural gas-fired boilers 
or elect to shut down the facility. The City will pay a civil penalty 
of $75,000 and undertake a project costing no less than $390,000 to 
mitigate the harm of the alleged prior excess emissions from the coal-
fired boiler.
    The publication of this notice opens a period of public comment on 
the consent decree. Comments should be addressed to the Acting 
Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, 
and should refer to United States v. City of Akron, et al., D.J. Ref. 
No. 90-5-2-1-08720/1. 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 email..................................  [email protected].
By mail...................................  Acting 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 Department of Justice Web site: http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html. 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 in the amount of $19.25 (25 cents per page reproduction 
cost) payable to the United States Treasury.

Maureen M. Katz,
Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment 
and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-09801 Filed 4-29-14; 8:45 am]