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Notice of Availability of the Project XL Proposed Final Project Agreement: Exxon Fairmont Coke Works Superfund Site Clean-up.


Regulatory Reinvention (XL) Pilot Projects

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency

ACTION: Notice of availability of the Project XL Proposed Final Project Agreement: Exxon Fairmont Coke Works Superfund Site Clean-up.

SUMMARY: EPA is requesting comments on a proposed Project XL Final Project Agreement (FPA) for Exxon Company, U.S.A. (hereafter "Exxon"). The FPA is a voluntary agreement developed collaboratively by Exxon, the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), the Fairmont Community Liaison Panel (FCLP) and EPA. Project XL, announced in the Federal Register on May 23, 1995 (60 FR 27282), gives regulated entities the flexibility to develop alternative strategies that will replace or modify specific regulatory or procedural requirements on the condition that they produce greater environmental benefits. EPA has set a goal of implementing fifty XL projects undertaken in full partnership with the states.

The draft FPA presents an alternative strategy for clean-up of the Sharon Steel Fairmont Coke Works Superfund Site located in Fairmont, WV. The Site was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) by EPA under the Superfund clean-up program on December 23,

1996. Exxon is the only Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) working with the EPA and WVDEP to clean up the Site.

In the draft FPA, Exxon proposes that changes to the traditional Superfund clean-up process be made in (a) the regulatory approach used to characterize and clean-up the site, (b) risk assessment, (c) the management of onsite landfills (designation of an "Area of Contamination"), (d) mitigation requirements for EPA-created wetlands onsite, (e) the commercial/industrial redevelopment of the Site, (f) the stakeholder/community involvement process, (g) reduction of paperwork, (h) quality assurance and (i) the support of regulatory involvement. Mechanisms for the implementation of these proposed changes, which represent the regulatory flexibilities being requested, are also presented.

DATES: The period for submission of comments ends on {INSERT DATE 30DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION}.

ADDRESSEES: All comments on the proposed Final Project Agreement should be sent to: Melissa Whittington, U.S. EPA, Region III, 1650 Arch Street (3HS23), Philadelphia, PA 19103, or John DuPree, U.S. EPA, Room M3802 (1802), 401 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20460. Comments may also be faxed to Ms. Whittington at (215) 814-3002 or Mr. DuPree (202) 260-3125. Comments may also be received via electronic mail sent to: whittington.melissa@epa.gov or dupree.john@epa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain a copy of the proposed Final Project Agreement or Fact Sheet, contact: Melissa Whittington,U.S. EPA, Region III, 1650 Arch Street (3HS23), Philadelphia, PA 19103, or John DuPree, U.S. EPA, 401 M Street SW Room M3802 (1802), Washington DC 20460. The FPA and related documents are also available via the Internet at the following location: https://www.epa.gov/ProjectXL. In addition, public files on the project, including the FPA, are located at Marion County Library, 321 Monroe Street, Fairmont, WV 26554, (304) 366-1210. Questions to EPA regarding the documents can be directed to Melissa Whittington at (215) 814-3225 or John DuPree at (202) 260-4468. To be included on the Exxon Project XL mailing list about future public meetings, XL progress reports and other mailings from Exxon on the XL project, contact Art Chin at (908) 474-7295, Exxon Company, U.S.A., P.O. Box 728, Linden, NJ 07036. For information on all other aspects of the XL Program contact Christopher Knopes at the following address: Office of Reinvention, United States Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M Street, SW Room M3802 (Mail Code 1802), Washington, DC 20460. Additional information on Project XL, including documents referenced in this notice, other EPA policy documents related to Project XL, regional XL contacts, application information, and descriptions of existing XL projects and proposals, is available via the Internet at https://www.epa.gov/ProjectXL.


Lisa Lund
Deputy Associate Administrator
Office of Reinvention

Billing Code: 6560-50-U

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