[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 71 (Wednesday, April 15, 2009)]
[Page 17515]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-8570]



Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Under the Clean Water Act 

    Notice is hereby given that on March 31, 2009, a proposed Consent 
Decree in the case of U.S. v. City of Independence, Missouri, Civil 
Action No. 4:09-cv-00240-DGK, was lodged with the United States 
District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
    The United States filed a complaint concurrently with the Consent 
Decree alleging that on numerous occasions the City of Independence 
illegally discharged pollutants, including wastewater containing raw 
sewage, from its sanitary sewer system into waters of the United States 
in violation of Section 301 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. 1311. Under the 
Consent Decree, Independence will pay a civil penalty of $255,000 and 
be required to perform a comprehensive assessment of the sanitary sewer 
system, upgrade its pump stations, and implement improvements to its 
wastewater collection system and wastewater treatment plant. 
Independence will also perform supplemental environmental projects 
valued at $450,000. The environmental projects are designed to enhance 
water quality within the Missouri River watershed by improving storm 
water detention basins and stabilizing stream banks.
    For thirty (30) days after the date of this publication, the 
Department of Justice will receive comments relating to the Consent 
Decree. Comments should be addressed to the Acting Assistant Attorney 
General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and either e-
mailed to [email protected] or mailed to P.O. Box 7611, 
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044-7611. In either case, 
the comments should refer to U.S. v. City of Independence, Missouri, 
D.J. Ref. No. 90-5-1-1-08702.
    During the comment period, the Consent Decree may be examined on 
the following Department of Justice Web site: http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html. A copy of the 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 faxing or e-
mailing a request to Tonia Fleetwood ([email protected]), fax 
No. (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 $10.00 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) 
payable to the United States Treasury or, if by e-mail or fax, forward 
a check in that amount to the Consent Decree Library at the stated 

Maureen Katz,
Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment 
and Natural Resources Division.
 [FR Doc. E9-8570 Filed 4-14-09; 8:45 am]