[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 197 (Friday, October 12, 2007)]
[Page 58123]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 07-5026]



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

    Notice is hereby given that on September 27, 2007, a proposed 
Partial Consent Decree (``Consent Decree'') in United States v. Afton 
Chemical Corp., et al., Case No. 3:06-cv-763 (``Afton Chemical''), was 
lodged with the United States District Court for the Southern District 
of Illinois.
    In Afton Chemical, the United States is seeking recovery of 
approximately $3.5 million in response costs incurred in connection 
with a removal action in 1999 and 2000 (``Removal Action'') at Sauget 
Area 2, Southern Site Q, in Cahokia, Illinois. The proposed Consent 
Decree involves the following two defendants in the case: The Estate of 
Paul Sauget and the Estate's executor, in her representative capacity 
vis-[agrave]-vis the Estate (collectively, the ``Estate Settling 
Defendants''). The proposed Consent Decree is based on the Estate 
Settling Defendants' limited ability to pay, as determined by a 
Department of Justice financial analyst. Under the proposed Consent 
Decree, a stipulated judgment will be entered against the Estate 
Settling Defendants in the amount of $351,000; the Estate Settling 
Defendants will pay $1.00 toward that stipulated judgment, based on 
their limited ability to pay; and they will be required to seek the 
balance of the stipulated judgment from the Estate's insurers. In 
exchange, the Estate Settling Defendants will receive contribution 
protection and a covenant by the United States not to sue them for 
response costs incurred in connection with the Removal Action.
    For a period of 30 days from the date of this publication, the 
Department of Justice will receive comments relating to the proposed 
Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney 
General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and should refer 
to United States v. Afton Chemical Corp., et al., D.J. Ref. 90-11-2-
06089/1. Comments should either be e-mailed to [email protected] or mailed to P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044-
    The proposed Consent Decree may be examined at the Office of the 
United States Attorney, 9 Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, IL 62208-
1344, and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, 77 
West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604-3590. During the public 
comment period, the proposed Consent Decree may also be examined on the 
following Department of Justice Web site: http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html. A copy of the proposed Consent Decree may also 
be obtained by mail from the Consent Decree Library, P.O. Box 7611, 
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044-7611, or by e-mailing 
or faxing a request to Tonia Fleetwood ([email protected], fax 
number (202) 514-0097, phone confirmation number (202) 514-1547). In 
requesting a copy from the Consent Decree Library, please enclose a 
check in the amount of $6.00 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) 
payable to the United States Treasury. If a request for a copy of the 
proposed Consent Decree is made by fax or e-mail, please forward a 
check in the aforementioned amount to the Consent Decree Library at the 
address noted above.

William Brighton,
Assistant Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and 
Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 07-5026 Filed 10-11-07; 8:45 am]