[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 227 (Tuesday, November 25, 2014)]
[Pages 70204-70205]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-27831]



Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Clean 
Water Act

    On November 19, 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 and the State of 
Ohio v. City of Lima, Ohio, Civil Action No. 3:14-cv-02551 (N.D. Ohio).
    A Complaint that was filed along with the proposed Consent Decree 
alleges that the City of Lima (``Lima'') has violated the Clean Water 
Act and its implementing regulations, certain terms and conditions of 
Lima's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, and 
corresponding requirements under Ohio state law by discharging 
untreated sewage from its combined sewer system, partially treated 
wastewater that has bypassed full wastewater treatment, and raw 
wastewater from its sanitary sewer system into the environment. The 
proposed Consent Decree would resolve the claims alleged in the 
Complaint in exchange for Lima's commitments to: (i) Make major 
upgrades and improvements to its wastewater treatment plant and sewer 
systems; (ii) pay a $49,000 civil penalty; and (iii) perform a 
Supplemental Environmental Project that will make environmental 
enhancements to areas along the banks of the Ottawa River in Lima, at 
an expected cost of approximately $218,000.
    The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on 
the proposed Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the 
Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, 
and should refer to United States and the State of Ohio v. City of 
Lima, Ohio, D.J. Ref. No. 90-5-1-1-08433. 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.............................  Assistant Attorney General, U.S.
                                       DOJ--ENRD, P.O. Box 7611,
                                       Washington, DC 20044-7611.

    During the public comment period, the Consent Decrees may be 
examined and downloaded at this Justice Department Web site: http://

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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 (at 25 cents per page). Please mail your request and a check or 
money order payable to the United States Treasury to: Consent Decree 
Library, U.S. DOJ--ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044-7611. The 
cost for a paper copy is $16.00 for the Consent Decree only or $23.25 
for the Consent Decree and its Appendices.

Randall M. Stone,
Acting Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, 
Environment and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-27831 Filed 11-24-14; 8:45 am]