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Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Pursuant to the Clean Air Act

In accordance with Departmental policy and 28 CFR 50.7, notice is hereby given that on October 14, 1999, a consent decree was lodged in United States v. Southdown, Inc., Civil Action No. 99-1674, with the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

This consent decree resolves alleged violations of Section 113(b) of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7413(b), at Southdown, Inc's cement manufacturing facility in Wampum, Pennsylvania. The claims settled include alleged violations of limitations on visible and fugitive emissions imposed by the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP).

The consent decree provides for a civil penalty of $475,000, a Supplemental Environment Project (SEP) that requires Southdown to spend at least $75,000 to pave at least 11,810 square feet of dirt roads, and comprehensive injunctive relief, including the installation of new emissions control equipment and the identification and elimination of fugitive emissions to the full extent required by law.

The Department of Justice will receive comments relating to the proposed consent decree for a period of thirty days from the date of publication of this notice. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, [[Page 57655]] Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20530, and should refer to United States v. Southdown, Inc., DOJ Ref. No. 90-5-2-1-2231.

The proposed Consent Decree may be examined at the office of the United States Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania, 633 U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, 7th Avenue and Grant Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Copies of the consent decree may also be examined at the offices of the Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. A copy of the Consent Decree may also be obtained by mail from the Department of Justice Consent Decree Library, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044. When requesting a copy by mail, please enclose a check in the amount of $14.00 (twenty-five cents per page reproduction costs), payable to the ``Consent Decree Library.'' Joel M. Gross, Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc 99-27904 Filed 10-25-99; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410-15-M