[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 207 (Monday, October 27, 2014)]
[Pages 63941-63942]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-25420]



Second Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the 
Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act

    On August 28, 2014, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed 
Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the District 
of New Mexico in the lawsuit entitled United States and State of New 
Mexico v. Chevron Mining Inc., Civil Action No. 14cv783 KBM-SCY.

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    The plaintiffs seek compensation for damage to natural resources in 
and about the former Molycorp Mining Site. The Site includes a 
molybdenum mine and mill, tailings ponds, and a slurry pipeline--all 
located near Questa, New Mexico. The plaintiffs allege that defendant 
is liable for injury to natural resources resulting from releases of 
hazardous substances at that Site. Under the Consent Decree that 
embodies the settlement proposed here, defendant will transfer certain 
property that will mitigate some of injury suffered and will pay the 
federal and state natural resource trustees about $4 million to be used 
to restore, replace, or acquire resources--all in compliance with the 
terms of the Consent Decree and other applicable law. Defendant also 
will pay specified past assessment costs incurred by the trustees. In 
return, defendant will receive from plaintiffs specified covenants not 
to sue for natural resource damages resulting from releases from the 
Site, subject to reservations specified in the proposed Decree.
    By a prior notice published in the Federal Register, the Department 
invited public comment on this proposed Decree. Among the comments 
received were a number that requested a longer time for public comment. 
Accordingly, after considering the circumstances, by publication of 
this notice the Department extends the period for public comment on the 
proposed Decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney 
General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and should refer 
to United States and State of New Mexico v. Chevron Mining Inc., D.J. 
Ref. No. 90-11-2-07579. All comments must be submitted no later than 
thirty (30) days after the publication date of this second notice. 
Comments may be submitted either by email or by mail:

         To submit comments:                     Send them to:
By email............................  pubcomment-ees.enrd@usdoj.gov.
By mail.............................  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 Justice Department Web site: http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html. We will provide a paper copy 
of the 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 or money order for $15.75 (25 cents per page 
reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury.

Maureen Katz,
Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment 
and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-25420 Filed 10-24-14; 8:45 am]