[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 245 (Monday, December 27, 2021)]
[Page 73348]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-27988]



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

    On December 16, 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. Alcoa 
Corporation, et al., Civil Action No. 21-1694.
    The United States filed a Complaint in this lawsuit under the 
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act 
(CERCLA). The United States' complaint names Alcoa Corporation and the 
City of East St. Louis, Illinois as defendants. The complaint requests 
recovery of oversight and other response costs that the United States 
incurred and will incur in connection with remedial efforts taken at 
the former aluminum production plant on Missouri Avenue in East St. 
Louis, Illinois that Alcoa Incorporated operated from 1903 to 1957. The 
complaint also seeks an order requiring defendants to implement 
remedial work at Operable Unit 2 of the North Alcoa Superfund 
Alternative Site as selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency in a Record of Decision issued in June 2020. The defendants and 
Howmet Aerospace, Inc., a company created after the separation of Alcoa 
Incorporated in 2016, signed the proposed Consent Decree agreeing to 
complete the work, estimated to cost $4.1 million, and to pay all of 
the United States' future response costs at the site. In return, the 
United States agrees not to sue the defendants or Howmet 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. Alcoa Corporation, et al., D.J. Ref. 
No. 90-11-3-10590/1. 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 $45.75 (25 cents per page 
reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. For a paper 
copy without Appendix A (the Record of Decision), the cost is only 

Patricia Mckenna,
Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment 
and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2021-27988 Filed 12-23-21; 8:45 am]