UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
BEFORE THE ADMINISTRATOR
IN THE MATTER OF ) ) CITY OF ROCHESTER, MI, ) DOCKET NO. 5-CWA-97-026 ) ) ) ) RESPONDENT )
ORDER DENYING COMPLAINANT'S MOTION FOR ACCELERATED DECISION
The Complainant's Motion for Accelerated Decision dated November 19, 1998, is denied as untimely. The hearing in this matter is scheduled to begin on December 1, 1998, in Lansing, Michigan. The Complainant's filing of the motion for accelerated decision at this late date does not provide sufficient time to allow for a response from the Respondent and a decision by the Administrative Law Judge in advance of the hearing. See Sections 22.07, 22.16 of the Consolidated Rules of Practice Governing the Administrative Assessment of Civil Penalties and the Revocation or Suspension of Permits, 40 C.F.R. §§ 22.07, 22.16.
The parties are encouraged, however, to reach stipulations to undisputed facts in order to narrow the issues for hearing.(1) The Regional Hearing Clerk has confirmed that the hearing, which is scheduled to begin on December 1, 1998, and to continue if necessary through December 3, 1998, will be held at the Post Office Federal Building (Across from State Capital), 315 W. Allegan, Basement Level Conference Room, in Lansing, Michigan.
Original signed by undersigned
Barbara A. Gunning
Administrative Law Judge
1. The Order Rescheduling Hearing entered on July 29, 1998, directed the parties to file a joint set of stipulated facts, exhibits, and testimony on or before November 13, 1998.