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Notice of Proposed Settlement of Safe Drinking Water Act Administrative Penalty and Opportunity to Comment in the Matter of Morton International, Inc.

Publication Date:  July 1, 2010
Public Comment Closes:  August 2, 2010

In the Matter of Morton International, Inc. UIC-09-2010-0004

The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX (“EPA”) is authorized under Sections 1423(c) and 1445(a) of the Safe Drinking Water Act
(the “Act”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 300h-2(c), 300j-4(a), to assess administrative penalties against any person who fails to comply with the requirements of, or regulations enacted in accordance with, Section 1422(c) of the Act, 42 U.S.C. § 300h-1(c). This action under Section 1423(c) is conducted in accordance with the “Consolidated Rules of Practice Governing the Administrative Assessment of Civil Penalties and the Revocation/Termination or Suspension of Permits” (“Consolidated Rules”), set forth at 40 C.F.R. Part 22.

Morton International, Inc. (“Respondent”) agrees to the issuance of this Consent Agreement and proposed Final Order (“settlement”). In accordance with Section 1423(c)(3)(B) of the Act, 42 U.S.C. § 300h-2(c)(3)(B), EPA is hereby providing public notice of, and the opportunity to comment on, this proposed settlement, recorded in a Consent Agreement and Proposed Final Order, in the following matter:

In the Matter of Morton International, Inc., Docket No. UIC-09-2010-0004

Complainant:
Alexis Strauss
Director, Water Division
U.S. EPA, Region IX
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105.

Respondent’s name and mailing address:
Morton International, Inc.
c/o Margaret Lattin Bazany
100 Independence Mail West
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Description of Business or Activity Conducted by the Respondents: Owner and operator of a Class III injection well in Glendale, AZ (Permit No. AZS 000000005).

Alleged Violations: In the Consent Agreement, EPA alleges that Respondent violated the terms of its permit and the Underground Injection Control regulations in three instances: (1) by failing to halt operations after Respondent should have become aware of a loss of mechanical integrity; (2) by failing to orally report a loss of mechanical integrity which could have endangered health or the environment within 24 hours; and (3) by failing to report in writing a loss of mechanical integrity which could have endangered health or the environment within 5 days.

Proposed Settlement Penalty: $ 34,100.

Date Filed with Regional Hearing Clerk: June 30, 2010

Name, Mailing Address, Telephone Number, and Email Address of Regional Hearing Clerk:

Regional Hearing Clerk
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX
75 Hawthorne Street (ORC-1)
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 972-3919
r9hearingclerk@epa.gov

Instructions for Submitting Comments:

Please provide the following information along with your comments and submit them in accordance with Part 22: Your full name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, the Docket Number (UIC-09-2010-0004), and a concise statement of the basis for, and relevant facts, supporting any comment for the case to which you are commenting.

Persons wishing to comment on this case, including comments on the amount or basis of the proposed penalty, are invited to submit a statement to the EPA Regional Administrator, attention of the Regional Hearing Clerk (address above), within 30 days of this public notice.

All comments received within this 30-day period will be considered prior to the issuance of the final order. See 40 C.F.R. § 22.45(b). If the 30th day of the comment period falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or federal holiday, the deadline shall be extended to the next business day. In order to provide opportunity for public comment and in accordance with 40 C.F.R. § 22.45(b), EPA will not take final action in this proceeding prior to forty (40) days after issuance of this notice.

For More Information

Persons wishing to receive a copy of 40 C.F.R. Part 22 or review the Consent Agreement and Proposed Final Order (PDF) (9 pp, 3.3M large file) (also available on the EPA Region 9 website) may contact the Regional Hearing Clerk identified above. Please note that the federal regulations are available online at Government Printing Office, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Main Page Exiting EPA (disclaimer). During the comment period, the public record for the proceeding may also be inspected during business hours at the office of the Regional Hearing Clerk (address above).

Consent Agreement and Proposed Final Order (PDF) (9 pp, 3.3M large file)

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