Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement, Penalty Assessment and Opportunity To Comment Regarding Windstream Corporation, 44988-44990 [E8-17724]

Download as PDF 44988 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 149 / Friday, August 1, 2008 / Notices comments.asp. More information about this project can be viewed or printed on the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link of Commission’s Web site at https://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P–13196) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, call toll-free 1–866–208–3372. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–17640 Filed 7–31–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP08–442–000] CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES July 25, 2008. Take notice that on July 18, 2008, CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company (CEGT), 1111 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002–5231, filed in Docket No. CP08–442–000, a prior notice request pursuant to sections 157.205 and 157.216 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s regulations under the Natural Gas Act for authorization to abandon, by sale and transfer, certain facilities in Oklahoma, all as more fully set forth in the application, which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing may also be viewed on the Web at https:// www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (866) 208–3676 or TTY, (202) 502–8659. Specifically, CEGT proposes to abandon, by transfer and sale at net book value of $544,481 as of June 30, 2008, to CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp., d/b/a Oklahoma Gas, an affiliated local distribution company, a segment of Line 11 and entire Line 11–D. CEGT states that Line 11 consists of 8,126 feet of 41⁄2 inch steel pipe with two domestic taps and Line 11–D consists of 16,613 feet of 23⁄8 inch steel diameter pipe with nine domestic taps, both located in Comanche County, Oklahoma. CEGT asserts that Oklahoma Gas will incorporate these lines as part of its existing low-pressure distribution system in Oklahoma. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:39 Jul 31, 2008 Jkt 214001 Any questions regarding the application should be directed to Lawrence O. Thomas, Director-Rates & Regulatory, CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company, P.O. Box 21734, Shreveport, Louisiana 71151, or call (318) 429–2804. Any person may, within 60 days after the issuance of the instant notice by the Commission, file pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission’s Procedural Rules (18 CFR 385.214) a motion to intervene or notice of intervention. Any person filing to intervene or the Commission’s staff may, pursuant to section 157.205 of the Commission’s Regulations under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) (18 CFR 157.205) file a protest to the request. If no protest is filed within the time allowed therefore, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for protest. If a protest is filed and not withdrawn within 30 days after the time allowed for filing a protest, the instant request shall be treated as an application for authorization pursuant to section 7 of the NGA. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests, and interventions via the Internet in lieu of paper. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site (https:// www.ferc.gov) under the ‘‘e-Filing’’ link. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–17641 Filed 7–31–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [Docket ID Number EPA–HQ–OECA–2008– 0230; FRL–8699–6] Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement, Penalty Assessment and Opportunity To Comment Regarding Windstream Corporation Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA has entered into a Consent Agreement with Windstream Corporation (Windstream) to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), and their implementing regulations. The Administrator is hereby providing public notice of this Consent Agreement and proposed Final Order, and providing an opportunity for PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 interested persons to comment on this Consent Agreement, in accordance with CWA Section 311(b)(6)(C), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(c). Comments are due on or before September 2, 2008. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Section I.B of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Cavalier, Special Litigation and Projects Division (2248–A), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone (202) 564–3271; fax: (202) 564–0010; e-mail: cavalier.beth@epa.gov. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. How Can I Get Copies of This Document and Other Related Information? 1. Docket. EPA has established an official public docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OECA– 2008–0230. The official public docket consists of the Consent Agreement, proposed Final Order, and any public comments received. Although a part of the official docket, the public docket does not include Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. The official public docket is the collection of materials that is available for public viewing at the Enforcement and Compliance Docket Information Center (ECDIC) in the EPA Docket Center, (EPA/DC) EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the ECDIC is (202) 566–1752. A reasonable fee may be charged by EPA for copying docket materials. 2. Electronic Access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the ‘‘Federal Register’’ listings at https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/. An electronic version of the public docket is available through EPA’s electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets. You may use EPA Dockets at https://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 149 / Friday, August 1, 2008 / Notices of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select ‘‘search,’’ then key in the appropriate docket identification number. Certain types of information will not be placed in the EPA Dockets. Information claimed as CBI and other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute, which is not included in the official public docket, will not be available for public viewing in EPA’s electronic public docket. EPA’s policy is that copyrighted material will not be placed in EPA’s electronic public docket but will be available only in printed, paper form in the official public docket. To the extent feasible, publicly available docket materials will be made available in EPA’s electronic public docket. When a document is selected from the index list in EPA Dockets, the system will identify whether the document is available for viewing in EPA’s electronic public docket. Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access any of the publicly available docket materials through the docket facility identified in Section I.A.1. For public commentors, it is important to note that EPA’s policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing in EPA’s electronic public docket as EPA receives them and without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. When EPA identifies a comment containing copyrighted material, EPA will provide a reference to that material in the version of the comment that is placed in EPA’s electronic public docket. The entire printed comment, including the copyrighted material, will be available in the public docket. Public comments submitted on computer disks that are mailed or delivered to the docket will be transferred to EPA’s electronic public docket. Public comments that are mailed or delivered to the Docket will be scanned and placed in EPA’s electronic public docket. Where practical, physical objects will be photographed, and the photograph will be placed in EPA’s electronic public docket along with a brief description written by the docket staff. B. How and To Whom Do I Submit Comments? You may submit comments electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. To ensure proper VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:39 Jul 31, 2008 Jkt 214001 receipt by EPA, identify the appropriate docket identification number in the subject line on the first page of your comment. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after the close of the comment period will be marked ‘‘late.’’ EPA is not required to consider these late comments. 1. Electronically. If you submit an electronic comment as prescribed below, EPA recommends that you include your name, mailing address, and an e-mail address or other contact information in the body of your comment. Also include this contact information on the outside of any disk or CD–ROM you submit, and in any cover letter accompanying the disk or CD–ROM. This ensures that you can be identified as the submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact you in case EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties or needs further information on the substance of your comment. EPA’s policy is that EPA will not edit your comment, and any identifying or contact information provided in the body of a comment will be included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA’s electronic public docket. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. i. EPA Dockets. Your use of EPA’s electronic public docket to submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA’s preferred method for receiving comments. Go directly to EPA Dockets at https://www.epa.gov/edocket and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once in the system, select ‘‘search,’’ and then key in Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OECA–2008– 0230. The system is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity, e-mail address, or other contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. ii. E-mail. Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to docket.oeca@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OECA–2008–0230. In contrast to EPA’s electronic public docket, EPA’s e-mail system is not an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system. If you send an e-mail comment directly to the Docket without going through EPA’s electronic public docket, EPA’s e-mail system automatically captures your email address. E-mail addresses that are automatically captured by EPA’s e-mail system are included as part of the comment that is placed in the official PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44989 public docket, and made available in EPA’s electronic public docket. iii. Disk or CD–ROM. You may submit comments on a disk or CD–ROM that you mail to the mailing address identified in Section I.A.1. These electronic submissions will be accepted in WordPerfect or ASCII file format. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption. 2. By Mail. Send your comments to: Enforcement and Compliance Docket Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2201T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OECA–2008– 0230. 3. By Hand Delivery or Courier. Deliver your comments to the address provided in Section I.A.1., Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OECA–2008– 0230. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation as identified in Section I.A.1. C. How Should I Submit CBI to the Agency? Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI electronically through EPA’s electronic public docket or by e-mail. You may claim information that you submit to EPA as CBI by marking any part or all of that information as CBI (if you submit CBI on disk or CD–ROM, mark the outside of the disk or CD–ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD–ROM the specific information that is CBI). Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR Part 2. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes any information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket and EPA’s electronic public docket. If you submit the copy that does not contain CBI on disk or CD–ROM, mark the outside of the disk or CD–ROM clearly that it does not contain CBI. Information not marked as CBI will be included in the public docket and EPA’s electronic public docket without prior notice. If you have any questions about CBI or the procedures for claiming CBI, please consult the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. II. Background Windstream Corporation is a telecommunications company providing voice, broadband, and entertainment services to customers in sixteen (16) states, and is incorporated in the State of Delaware. Windstream disclosed, E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 44990 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 149 / Friday, August 1, 2008 / Notices pursuant to EPA’s policy entitled ‘‘Incentives for Self-Policing: Discovery, Disclosure, Correction and Prevention of Violations’’ (Audit Policy), 65 FR 19618 (April 11, 2000), violations of the CWA and EPCRA, and their implementing regulations. Specifically, Windstream disclosed that it failed to prepare and implement a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan for its Concord, NC facility in violation of CWA Section 311(j), 33 U.S.C. 1321(j), and 40 CFR part 112. EPA, as authorized by CWA Section 311(b)(6), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6), has assessed a civil penalty for this violation. In addition, Respondent disclosed that it had failed to comply with EPCRA Section 312, 42 U.S.C. 11022, and the regulations found at 40 CFR 370.25, when it failed to prepare and submit emergency and chemical inventory forms to the Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC), the State Emergency Response Committee (SERC), and the fire department with jurisdiction over each facility, at the following facilities: Brownfield, TX; Dalhart, TX; Dimmitt, TX; Dumas, TX; Hubbard, TX; Levelland, TX; Glen Rose, TX; Littlefield, TX; Crockett, TX; DeKalb, TX; Spearman, TX; Seymour, TX; Pecos, TX; Newton, TX; Lubbock, TX; Trinity, TX; Texarkana, TX; New Boston, TX; Memphis, TX; Fairfield, TX; Crosbyton, TX; Higgins, TX; Follett, TX; Darrouzett, TX; Panhandle, TX; Lamesa, TX; Claude, TX; MoBeetie, TX; Burkeville, TX; Baird, TX; Hart, TX; Orla, TX; Perryton, TX; Cuba, NM; Ruidoso, NM; White City, NM; Hobbs, NM; Espanola, NM; Checotah, OK; Wagoner, OK; Barnsdall, OK; Lindsay, OK; Albemarle, NC; Charlotte, NC; Concord, NC; and Harrisburg, NC. EPA, as authorized by EPCRA Section 325, 42 U.S.C. 11045, has assessed a civil penalty for these violations. EPA determined that Respondent met the criteria set out in the Audit Policy for a 100% waiver of the gravity component of the penalty for the CWA and EPCRA violations. Therefore, EPA proposes to waive the gravity-based penalty of $414,290 and proposes a settlement penalty amount of $11,333. This is the amount of the economic benefit gained by Respondent, attributable to its delayed compliance with the CWA and EPCRA regulations. Of this amount, $861 is attributable to the CWA–SPCC violation, and $10,472 is attributable to the EPCRA violations. The total civil penalty assessed for settlement purposes is eleven thousand three hundred and thirty-three dollars ($11,333). Respondent has agreed to pay this amount. EPA and Respondent VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:39 Jul 31, 2008 Jkt 214001 negotiated and signed an administrative Consent Agreement, following the Consolidated Rules of Practice, 40 CFR 22.13(b), on June 27, 2008 (In Re: Windstream Corporation, Docket Nos. CWA–HQ–2008–8001, EPCRA–HQ– 2008–8001). This Consent Agreement is subject to public notice and comment under CWA Section 311(b)(6), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6). Under CWA Section 311(b)(6)(A), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(A), any owner, operator, or person in charge of a vessel, onshore facility, or offshore facility from which oil is discharged in violation of CWA Section 311(b)(3), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(3), or who fails or refuses to comply with any regulations that have been issued under CWA Section 311(j), 33 U.S.C. 1321(j), may be assessed an administrative civil penalty of up to $157,500 by EPA. Class II proceedings under CWA Section 311(b)(6), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6), are conducted in accordance with 40 CFR Part 22. Under EPCRA Section 325, 42 U.S.C. 11045, the Administrator may issue an administrative order assessing a civil penalty against any person who has violated applicable emergency planning or right-to-know requirements, or any other requirement of EPCRA. Proceedings under EPCRA Section 325, 42 U.S.C. 11045, are conducted in accordance with 40 CFR Part 22. The procedures by which the public may comment on a proposed Class II penalty order, or participate in a CWA Class II penalty proceeding, are set forth in 40 CFR 22.45. The deadline for submitting public comment on this Consent Agreement is September 2, 2008. All comments will be transferred to the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of EPA for consideration. The powers and duties of the EAB are outlined in 40 CFR 22.4(a). Pursuant to CWA Section 311(b)(6)(C), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(C), EPA will not issue an order in this proceeding prior to the close of the public comment period. Dated: July 17, 2008. Bernadette Rappold, Director, Special Litigation and Projects Division, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. [FR Doc. E8–17724 Filed 7–31–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [ER–FRL–8584–3] Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments Availability of EPA comments prepared pursuant to the Environmental Review Process (ERP), under section 309 of the Clean Air Act and Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act as amended. Requests for copies of EPA comments can be directed to the Office of Federal Activities at 202–564–7146. An explanation of the ratings assigned to draft environmental impact statements (EISs) was published in FR dated April 6, 2008 (73 FR 19833). Draft EISs EIS No. 20080197, ERP No. D–BLM– K60041–NV, Lincoln County Land Act (LCLA) Groundwater Development and Utility Right-of-Way Project, Implementation, To Grant a Right-ofWay Permit for Groundwater Development and Utility Facilities, Lincoln County, NV. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about the longterm availability of the water supply, conservation and water use efficiency, and indirect and cumulative impacts, and recommended continued collaboration through a regional groundwater framework to ensure efficient long-term sustainable use of the deep carbonate-rock aquifer, and evaluation and commitment to specific climate change adaptation measures and back-up water supplies. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080200, ERP No. D–AFS– J65515–UT, Dixie National Forest Motorized Travel Plan, Implementation, Dixie National and the Teasdale portion of the Fremont River Ranger District on the Fishlake National Forest, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Piute, Washington and Wayne Counties, UT. Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed action. Rating LO. EIS No. 20080209, ERP No. D–AFS– J65516–WY, Inyan Kara Analysis Area Vegetation Management, Proposes to Implement Best Management Livestock Grazing Practices and Activities Associated with Adaptive Management and Monitoring Strategies, Douglas Ranger District, Medicine Bow Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland, Niobrara and Weston Counties, WY. E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 149 (Friday, August 1, 2008)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OECA-2008-0230; FRL-8699-6]


Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement, 
Penalty Assessment and Opportunity To Comment Regarding Windstream 
Corporation

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: EPA has entered into a Consent Agreement with Windstream 
Corporation (Windstream) to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act 
(CWA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act 
(EPCRA), and their implementing regulations.
    The Administrator is hereby providing public notice of this Consent 
Agreement and proposed Final Order, and providing an opportunity for 
interested persons to comment on this Consent Agreement, in accordance 
with CWA Section 311(b)(6)(C), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(c).

DATES: Comments are due on or before September 2, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically, by mail, or 
through hand delivery/courier. Follow the detailed instructions as 
provided in Section I.B of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Cavalier, Special Litigation and 
Projects Division (2248-A), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone (202) 564-
3271; fax: (202) 564-0010; e-mail: cavalier.beth@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. How Can I Get Copies of This Document and Other Related Information?

    1. Docket. EPA has established an official public docket for this 
action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OECA-2008-0230.
    The official public docket consists of the Consent Agreement, 
proposed Final Order, and any public comments received. Although a part 
of the official docket, the public docket does not include Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. The official public docket is the collection of 
materials that is available for public viewing at the Enforcement and 
Compliance Docket Information Center (ECDIC) in the EPA Docket Center, 
(EPA/DC) EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, 
DC. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The 
telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the 
telephone number for the ECDIC is (202) 566-1752. A reasonable fee may 
be charged by EPA for copying docket materials.
    2. Electronic Access. You may access this Federal Register document 
electronically through the EPA Internet under the ``Federal Register'' 
listings at https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/.
    An electronic version of the public docket is available through 
EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets. You may 
use EPA Dockets at https://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to submit or view public 
comments, access the index listing of the contents

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of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the 
public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, 
select ``search,'' then key in the appropriate docket identification 
number.
    Certain types of information will not be placed in the EPA Dockets. 
Information claimed as CBI and other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute, which is not included in the official public 
docket, will not be available for public viewing in EPA's electronic 
public docket. EPA's policy is that copyrighted material will not be 
placed in EPA's electronic public docket but will be available only in 
printed, paper form in the official public docket. To the extent 
feasible, publicly available docket materials will be made available in 
EPA's electronic public docket. When a document is selected from the 
index list in EPA Dockets, the system will identify whether the 
document is available for viewing in EPA's electronic public docket. 
Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you 
may still access any of the publicly available docket materials through 
the docket facility identified in Section I.A.1.
    For public commentors, it is important to note that EPA's policy is 
that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, 
will be made available for public viewing in EPA's electronic public 
docket as EPA receives them and without change, unless the comment 
contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose 
disclosure is restricted by statute. When EPA identifies a comment 
containing copyrighted material, EPA will provide a reference to that 
material in the version of the comment that is placed in EPA's 
electronic public docket. The entire printed comment, including the 
copyrighted material, will be available in the public docket.
    Public comments submitted on computer disks that are mailed or 
delivered to the docket will be transferred to EPA's electronic public 
docket. Public comments that are mailed or delivered to the Docket will 
be scanned and placed in EPA's electronic public docket. Where 
practical, physical objects will be photographed, and the photograph 
will be placed in EPA's electronic public docket along with a brief 
description written by the docket staff.

B. How and To Whom Do I Submit Comments?

    You may submit comments electronically, by mail, or through hand 
delivery/courier. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, identify the 
appropriate docket identification number in the subject line on the 
first page of your comment. Please ensure that your comments are 
submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after 
the close of the comment period will be marked ``late.'' EPA is not 
required to consider these late comments.
    1. Electronically. If you submit an electronic comment as 
prescribed below, EPA recommends that you include your name, mailing 
address, and an e-mail address or other contact information in the body 
of your comment. Also include this contact information on the outside 
of any disk or CD-ROM you submit, and in any cover letter accompanying 
the disk or CD-ROM. This ensures that you can be identified as the 
submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact you in case EPA 
cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties or needs further 
information on the substance of your comment. EPA's policy is that EPA 
will not edit your comment, and any identifying or contact information 
provided in the body of a comment will be included as part of the 
comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made 
available in EPA's electronic public docket. If EPA cannot read your 
comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for 
clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment.
    i. EPA Dockets. Your use of EPA's electronic public docket to 
submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA's preferred method for 
receiving comments. Go directly to EPA Dockets at https://www.epa.gov/
edocket and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. 
Once in the system, select ``search,'' and then key in Docket ID No. 
EPA-HQ-OECA-2008-0230. The system is an ``anonymous access'' system, 
which means EPA will not know your identity, e-mail address, or other 
contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment.
    ii. E-mail. Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to 
docket.oeca@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OECA-2008-0230. In 
contrast to EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's e-mail system is not 
an ``anonymous access'' system. If you send an e-mail comment directly 
to the Docket without going through EPA's electronic public docket, 
EPA's e-mail system automatically captures your e-mail address. E-mail 
addresses that are automatically captured by EPA's e-mail system are 
included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public 
docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket.
    iii. Disk or CD-ROM. You may submit comments on a disk or CD-ROM 
that you mail to the mailing address identified in Section I.A.1. These 
electronic submissions will be accepted in WordPerfect or ASCII file 
format. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption.
    2. By Mail. Send your comments to: Enforcement and Compliance 
Docket Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 
2201T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, 20460, Attention 
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OECA-2008-0230.
    3. By Hand Delivery or Courier. Deliver your comments to the 
address provided in Section I.A.1., Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OECA-2008-0230. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's 
normal hours of operation as identified in Section I.A.1.

C. How Should I Submit CBI to the Agency?

    Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI 
electronically through EPA's electronic public docket or by e-mail. You 
may claim information that you submit to EPA as CBI by marking any part 
or all of that information as CBI (if you submit CBI on disk or CD-ROM, 
mark the outside of the disk or CD-ROM as CBI and then identify 
electronically within the disk or CD-ROM the specific information that 
is CBI). Information so marked will not be disclosed except in 
accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR Part 2.
    In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes 
any information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not 
contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion 
in the public docket and EPA's electronic public docket. If you submit 
the copy that does not contain CBI on disk or CD-ROM, mark the outside 
of the disk or CD-ROM clearly that it does not contain CBI. Information 
not marked as CBI will be included in the public docket and EPA's 
electronic public docket without prior notice. If you have any 
questions about CBI or the procedures for claiming CBI, please consult 
the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

II. Background

    Windstream Corporation is a telecommunications company providing 
voice, broadband, and entertainment services to customers in sixteen 
(16) states, and is incorporated in the State of Delaware. Windstream 
disclosed,

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pursuant to EPA's policy entitled ``Incentives for Self-Policing: 
Discovery, Disclosure, Correction and Prevention of Violations'' (Audit 
Policy), 65 FR 19618 (April 11, 2000), violations of the CWA and EPCRA, 
and their implementing regulations.
    Specifically, Windstream disclosed that it failed to prepare and 
implement a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan 
for its Concord, NC facility in violation of CWA Section 311(j), 33 
U.S.C. 1321(j), and 40 CFR part 112. EPA, as authorized by CWA Section 
311(b)(6), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6), has assessed a civil penalty for this 
violation.
    In addition, Respondent disclosed that it had failed to comply with 
EPCRA Section 312, 42 U.S.C. 11022, and the regulations found at 40 CFR 
370.25, when it failed to prepare and submit emergency and chemical 
inventory forms to the Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC), the 
State Emergency Response Committee (SERC), and the fire department with 
jurisdiction over each facility, at the following facilities: 
Brownfield, TX; Dalhart, TX; Dimmitt, TX; Dumas, TX; Hubbard, TX; 
Levelland, TX; Glen Rose, TX; Littlefield, TX; Crockett, TX; DeKalb, 
TX; Spearman, TX; Seymour, TX; Pecos, TX; Newton, TX; Lubbock, TX; 
Trinity, TX; Texarkana, TX; New Boston, TX; Memphis, TX; Fairfield, TX; 
Crosbyton, TX; Higgins, TX; Follett, TX; Darrouzett, TX; Panhandle, TX; 
Lamesa, TX; Claude, TX; MoBeetie, TX; Burkeville, TX; Baird, TX; Hart, 
TX; Orla, TX; Perryton, TX; Cuba, NM; Ruidoso, NM; White City, NM; 
Hobbs, NM; Espanola, NM; Checotah, OK; Wagoner, OK; Barnsdall, OK; 
Lindsay, OK; Albemarle, NC; Charlotte, NC; Concord, NC; and Harrisburg, 
NC. EPA, as authorized by EPCRA Section 325, 42 U.S.C. 11045, has 
assessed a civil penalty for these violations.
    EPA determined that Respondent met the criteria set out in the 
Audit Policy for a 100% waiver of the gravity component of the penalty 
for the CWA and EPCRA violations. Therefore, EPA proposes to waive the 
gravity-based penalty of $414,290 and proposes a settlement penalty 
amount of $11,333. This is the amount of the economic benefit gained by 
Respondent, attributable to its delayed compliance with the CWA and 
EPCRA regulations. Of this amount, $861 is attributable to the CWA-SPCC 
violation, and $10,472 is attributable to the EPCRA violations.
    The total civil penalty assessed for settlement purposes is eleven 
thousand three hundred and thirty-three dollars ($11,333). Respondent 
has agreed to pay this amount. EPA and Respondent negotiated and signed 
an administrative Consent Agreement, following the Consolidated Rules 
of Practice, 40 CFR 22.13(b), on June 27, 2008 (In Re: Windstream 
Corporation, Docket Nos. CWA-HQ-2008-8001, EPCRA-HQ-2008-8001). This 
Consent Agreement is subject to public notice and comment under CWA 
Section 311(b)(6), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6).
    Under CWA Section 311(b)(6)(A), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(A), any owner, 
operator, or person in charge of a vessel, onshore facility, or 
offshore facility from which oil is discharged in violation of CWA 
Section 311(b)(3), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(3), or who fails or refuses to 
comply with any regulations that have been issued under CWA Section 
311(j), 33 U.S.C. 1321(j), may be assessed an administrative civil 
penalty of up to $157,500 by EPA. Class II proceedings under CWA 
Section 311(b)(6), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6), are conducted in accordance 
with 40 CFR Part 22.
    Under EPCRA Section 325, 42 U.S.C. 11045, the Administrator may 
issue an administrative order assessing a civil penalty against any 
person who has violated applicable emergency planning or right-to-know 
requirements, or any other requirement of EPCRA. Proceedings under 
EPCRA Section 325, 42 U.S.C. 11045, are conducted in accordance with 40 
CFR Part 22.
    The procedures by which the public may comment on a proposed Class 
II penalty order, or participate in a CWA Class II penalty proceeding, 
are set forth in 40 CFR 22.45. The deadline for submitting public 
comment on this Consent Agreement is September 2, 2008. All comments 
will be transferred to the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of EPA for 
consideration. The powers and duties of the EAB are outlined in 40 CFR 
22.4(a).
    Pursuant to CWA Section 311(b)(6)(C), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(C), EPA 
will not issue an order in this proceeding prior to the close of the 
public comment period.

    Dated: July 17, 2008.
Bernadette Rappold,
Director, Special Litigation and Projects Division, Office of 
Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
[FR Doc. E8-17724 Filed 7-31-08; 8:45 am]
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