[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 193 (Monday, October 5, 2020)]
[Page 62765]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-21878]



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

    On September, 29, 2020, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed 
Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Eastern 
District of Louisiana in the lawsuit entitled United States of America 
v. Churchill Downs Louisiana Horseracing Company, LLC d/b/a Fair 
Grounds Race Course and Slots Civil Action No. 2:20-cv-02637.
    In this action, the United States, on behalf of the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, filed a Complaint and proposed Consent 
Decree pertaining to Clean Water Act violations at the Defendant's 
horse racing facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the Complaint, the 
United States alleged that the Defendant discharged process wastewater 
from its horse-racing and stabling facility, a concentrated animal 
feeding operation, into the New Orleans municipal separate storm sewer 
system and other receiving waters in violation of the terms and 
conditions of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System 
permit issued to the Defendant under Section 402 of the Act, 33 U.S.C. 
1342. Under the proposed settlement, the Defendant will pay 
$2,790,000.00 in civil penalties and perform injunctive relief to bring 
its facility into compliance with applicable federal laws and 
regulations to prevent future unauthorized discharges to area 
    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 of America v. Churchill Downs 
Louisiana Horseracing Company, LLC d/b/a Fair Grounds Race Course and 
Slots, D.J. Ref. No. 90-5-1-1-11342. 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, D.C. 20044-7611

    During the public comment period, the proposed Consent Decree may 
be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department website: http://www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decrees. We will provide a paper copy of 
the proposed Consent 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-
    Please enclose a check or money order for $21.50 (25 cents per page 
reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury.

Kenneth Long,
Acting Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, 
Environment and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2020-21878 Filed 10-2-20; 8:45 am]