[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 240 (Friday, December 17, 2021)]
[Pages 71665-71666]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-27378]



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

    On December 14, 2021, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed 
Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Southern 
District of Illinois in the lawsuit entitled United States v. Pharmacia 
LLC, et al., Civil Action No. 21-1681.
    The United States filed a Complaint in this lawsuit under the 
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act 
(CERCLA). The United States' complaint names Pharmacia LLC and Solutia 
Inc. as defendants. The complaint requests recovery of oversight and 
other response costs that the United States incurred in connection with 
remedial efforts taken in Sauget Area 2 and an order requiring 
completion of remedial work selected in a Record of Decision for Sauget 
Area 2 located in Sauget, St. Clair County, Illinois. The defendants 
signed the proposed Consent Decree, agreeing to pay a total of $700,000 
in response costs and complete the work, estimated to cost $17.9 
million. In addition, two property owners in Sauget Area 2, the Village 
of Sauget and Eagle Marine Industries,

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Inc., have signed the Consent Decree agreeing to provide access to the 
defendants to complete the work. Finally, 148 Settling Non-
Participating Parties, each of which entered into settlements with 
Solutia and Pharmacia, have joined the Consent Decree agreeing to 
forego further litigation over their liability in Sauget Area 2. In 
return, the United States agrees not to sue the defendants under 
sections 106 and 107 of CERCLA related to this work.
    The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on 
the Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant 
Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and 
should refer to United States v. Pharmacia LLP, et al., D.J. Ref. No. 
90-11-2-06089/7. 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 $116.75 (25 cents per 
page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. For a 
paper copy without Appendices C and E (the Record of Decision and 
signature pages of the Settling Non-Participating Parties listed in 
Appendix A), the cost is only $30.25.

Patricia Mckenna,
Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment 
and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2021-27378 Filed 12-16-21; 8:45 am]