[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 70 (Tuesday, April 12, 2022)]
[Notices]
[Page 21669]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-07810]


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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE


Notice of Lodging of Two Proposed Consent Decrees Under the Clean 
Water Act

    On April 7, 2022, the Department of Justice lodged two proposed 
consent decrees with the United States District Court for the Northern 
District of Indiana in the lawsuit entitled United States of America 
and the State of Indiana v. the Sanitary District of Highland and the 
Town of Griffith, Indiana, Civil Action No. 2:22-cv-00086.
    The United States and the State of Indiana filed this lawsuit under 
the Clean Water Act against the Sanitary District of Highland, Indiana 
and the Town of Griffith, Indiana. The complaint seeks injunctive 
relief and civil penalties for violations of the regulations that 
govern discharges of pollutants to waters of the State and United 
States. The Complaint alleges that both Highland and Griffith had 
numerous illegal discharges of sanitary sewage from their sanitary 
sewer systems and that both defendants failed to comply with an EPA 
administrative order under the Clean Water Act.
    The United States and the State of Indiana reached two separate 
consent decrees with Highland and Griffith. The consent decree with 
Highland requires it to make improvements designed to eliminate 
sanitary sewer overflows by 2033 and pay a $175,000 civil penalty. The 
consent decree with the Town of Griffith requires it to make 
improvements designed to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows by 2026 and 
pay a $33,000 civil penalty.
    The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on 
each 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 State of Indiana v. 
the Sanitary District of Highland and the Town of Griffith, Indiana, 
D.J. Ref. Nos. 90-5-1-1-3308/4 and 90-5-1-1-3308/3. 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:

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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 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 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 20044-7611.
    Please enclose a check or money order for $16.75 for the Highland 
Consent Decree or $16.75 for the Griffith Consent Decree (25 cents per 
page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury.

Patricia McKenna,
Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment 
and Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 2022-07810 Filed 4-11-22; 8:45 am]
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