[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 246 (Tuesday, December 28, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Page 73806]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-28197]


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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE


Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Under the Clean Water Act

    On December 22, 2021, the Department of Justice filed a complaint 
in, and simultaneously lodged a Consent Decree with, the United States 
District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in the matter 
of United States of America, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 
Department of Environmental Protection v. Bucks County Water and Sewer 
Authority, Civil Action No. 21-cv-557 (E.D. Pa.).
    The Complaint alleges that the Bucks County Water and Sewer 
Authority (the ``Authority'') violated its National Pollutant Discharge 
Elimination System permits, the Clean Water Act, and the Pennsylvania 
Clean Streams law by failing to prohibit unpermitted discharges in the 
form of sanitary sewer overflows (``SSOs'') and failing to properly 
operate and maintain its system.
    The proposed Consent Decree seeks to resolve the alleged claims in 
the complaint. The Parties' express purpose entering into this Consent 
Decree is for the Authority to take all measures necessary to comply 
with the Clean Water Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder, 
and the Clean Streams Law and the regulations promulgated thereunder, 
and to ensure compliance with any applicable permits issued to 
Defendant concerning the proper operation and maintenance of the 
Authority's waste water treatment plants and collection systems. The 
proposed Consent Decree establishes injunctive relief measures to 
achieve the above purposes, and secures a civil penalty in the amount 
of $450,000.
    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, and the Commonwealth of 
Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection v. Bucks County 
Water and Sewer Authority, Civil Action No. 21-cv-557 (E.D. Pa.)., D.J. 
Ref. No. 90-5-1-1-10715. All comments must be submitted no later than 
thirty (30) days after the publication date of this notice. Comments 
may be submitted by email or by mail:

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         To submit comments:                     Send them to:
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By email............................  [email protected].
By mail.............................  Assistant Attorney General
                                      U.S. DOJ--ENRD
                                      P.O. Box 7611,
                                      Washington, DC 20044-7611.
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    During the public comment period, the proposed amendments to the 
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 amendments 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 20044-7611.
    Please enclose a check or money order for $26.50 (25 cents per page 
reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury.

Jeffrey Sands,
Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment 
and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2021-28197 Filed 12-27-21; 8:45 am]
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