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Negotiation of Consent Decrees, Compliance Agreements and any Similar Agreements

SEN-4-89

THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20585

March 17, 1989

MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIAL OFFICERS
OPERATIONS OFFICE MANAGERS

Subject: Negotiation of Consent Decrees, Compliance Agreements and any Similar Agreements

On December 20, 1988, former Deputy Secretary Salgado requested information from all Operations Office Managers concerning their plans for negotiating environmental compliance agreements in fiscal year 1989. A list of current negotiations (attached) has been prepared from the Manager's responses to that request, and from other sources. Please inform me by March 22, 1989, of any current negotiations that should be added to this list.

In addition, I wish to be personally involved in any future decisions to enter into negotiations for compliance agreements or consent decrees which could have the effect of committing the Department's resources beyond funds that are currently available to the official signing the agreement. Please notify me, at the earliest opportunity, of the prospect of entering into such negotiations. This notification should be in addition to your compliance with DOE Order 5400.2, requiring notification of the Office of Environment, Safety and Health for all significant environmental compliance issues.

James D. Watkins
Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Attachment


CURRENT NEGOTIATIONS

DOE/EPA

Portsmouth RCRA/CERCLA
Kansas City Plant* RCRA/CERCLA
LANL* RCRA/CERCLA
FMPC CAA

DOE/STATE

Portsmouth RCRA/CERCLA
SRP RCRA
LANL RCRA

DOE/EPA/STATE

Hanford** RCRA/CERCLA
INEL*** RCRA/CERCLA
Mound RCRA/CERCLA
RFP*** RCRA/CERCLA
SRP RCRA/CERCLA
Y-12/ORNL/K-25 RCRA/CERCLA
Pantex RCRA/CERCLA
Maywood CERCLA
W.R. Grace CERCLA
Brookhaven** CERCLA

* DOE'S preference is to include state in negotiations.

** DOE/State/EPA have signed an Agreement in Principle and a Notice of Intent to sign the FFA/Consent Order after a public comment period.

*** Preliminary discussions.

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