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EPA gets a $458,000 penalty out of Rouge Steel....

[Federal Register: April 18, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 75)]
[Page 19236-19237]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Pursuant to the Clean Air Act

     Consistent with the policy set forth in the Department of Justice
regulations at 28 CFR 50.7, notice is hereby given that on April 4,
2002, a proposed Consent Decree was lodged with the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, in United States
et al. v. Rouge Steel Co., Civil Action Nos. 00-75452 and 0075454,
consolidated. The proposed Consent Decree settles claims asserted by
the United States, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, pursuant to section 113(b) of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C.
9613(b), and the federally enforceable State Implementation Plan
(``SIP''), at the Rouge Steel manufacturing facility in Dearborn,
Michigan. The United States' case was consolidated with an action filed
by Wayne County, Michigan, which the Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality (``MDEQ'') subsequently joined. The proposed
Consent Decree also settles the County and MDEQ CAA claims. The Consent
Decree also settles claims asserted by the United States under Sections
3004(n) and 3005 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 42
U.S.C. 6924(n) and 6925.
     The Consent Decree requires Rouge Steel to pay a total of $458,000
in civil penalties, of which $396,000 is for alleged violations of SIP
emission limits at the company's facility. To ensure ongoing compliance
with applicable limits, the Decree also requires Rouge Steel to perform
certain demonstration tests at its various emission sources.
     The Department of Justice will receive written comments relating to
the proposed Consent Decree for thirty (30) days from the date of
publication of this notice. Comments should be directed to the
Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division,
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20530, and should refer to
United States et al. v. Rouge Steel Co. DOJ Reference # 90-5-2-1-2211/
     The proposed Consent Decree may be examined at the Office of the
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, 211 West
Fort Street, Suite

[[Page 19237]]

2001, Detroit, Michigan 48266 (contact Peter A. Caplan, (313) 226-
3800), and at the offices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Region 5, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604-3590
(contact Gaylene Vasaturo, (312) 886-1811). Copies may also be obtained
by mail from the Department of Justice Consent Decree Library, P.O. Box
7611, Washington, DC 20044-7611. In requesting copies, please refer to
the case name and DOJ reference number and enclose a check in the
amount of $11.25 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the
Consent Decree Library.

William D. Brighton,
Assistant Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and
Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 02-9398 Filed 4-17-02; 8:45 am]

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