[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 104 (Wednesday, June 2, 2021)]
[Pages 29596-29597]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-11523]



Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Clean Air 

    On May 25, 2021, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed 
Consent Decree (``Consent Decree'') with the United States District 
Court for the District of Connecticut in a lawsuit entitled United 
States v. The Metropolitan District, Civil Action No. 3:21-cv-0715.
    In its Complaint, the United States, on behalf of the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), alleges that The 
Metropolitan District violated the Clean Air Act (the ``CAA'' or 
``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413, by violating the requirements for Standards 
of Performance for New Sewage Sludge Incineration Units, 40 CFR part 
60, subpart LLLL. Those alleged violations include failing to submit 
required control and monitoring plans, conduct annual performance tests 
that comply with the CAA regulations, and achieve continuous compliance 
with operating parameter limits and air pollution emission limits from 
its sewage sludge incineration (``SSI'') units. The proposed Consent 
Decree in this case requires payment of a civil penalty of $298,000, 
and injunctive relief including: (a) Notification of a test plan, 
conducting a performance test, and submitting a test report related to 
the SSI units; (b) setting and meeting site-specific operating limits; 
(c) meeting emission limits and standards, and demonstrating initial 
and ongoing compliance with those limits and standards; (d) submitting 
an initial compliance report; (e) conducting annual testing; (f) 
submitting an annual compliance report; (g) submitting progress reports 
and semi-annual deviation reports; (j) conducting initial and annual 
air control device inspections and performing related repairs; (k) 
meeting annual operator training requirements; and, (l) installing a 
carbon monoxide emissions monitoring system and demonstrating 
compliance with carbon monoxide emission limits.
    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 v. The Metropolitan District, D.J. 
Ref. No. 90-5-2-1-12047. 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 proposed Consent Decree may 
be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department website: https://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 $10.00 (25 cents per page

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reproduction cost), payable to the United States Treasury.

Henry Friedman,
Assistant Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment & 
Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2021-11523 Filed 6-1-21; 8:45 am]