United States of America v. City of Boulder, Colorado et al
ORDER granting 6 Unopposed Motion to Enter Consent Decree. The Consent Decree 2 -1 is hereby APPROVED. The Clerk of Court shall ENTER the approved Consent Decree separately signed by the undersigned. The Clerk of Court shall TERMINATE this action, by Judge William J. Martinez on 2/29/12.(lyg, ) Modified on 3/1/2012 to alter text to reflect actual title of this document (lyg, ).
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge William J. Martínez
Civil Action No. 11-cv-03178-WJM-MJW
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
CITY OF BOULDER, COLORADO,
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC., and
ORDER GRANTING UNOPPOSED MOTION TO ENTER CONSENT DECREE
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff United States of America’s Unopposed
Motion to Enter Consent Decree (“Unopposed Motion”). (ECF No. 6.) The Unopposed
Motion seeks entry of the Consent Decree previously lodged with the Court. (See ECF
No. 2, Ex. 1.)
On December 7, 2011, Plaintiff filed this action against Defendants City of
Boulder, Colorado, Honeywell International, Inc., and Tusco, Inc. under the
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”),
42 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq., seeking to recover response costs allegedly incurred by
Plaintiff in connection with the Hendrick Mining and Milling Superfund Site near Boulder,
Colorado. (ECF No. 1.) The next day, Plaintiff lodged the proposed Consent Decree, in
which Defendants agreed to pay Plaintiff $350,000 in settlement of Plaintiff’s claim of
entitlement to response costs. (ECF No. 2, Ex. 1.) On February 21, 2012, the Court
requested more information from Plaintiff regarding the response costs incurred by
Plaintiff. (ECF No. 11.) Plaintiff responded with detailed information to the Court’s
satisfaction. (ECF No. 12-14.)
In the Unopposed Motion, Plaintiff represents that, on December 14, 2011, it
published in the Federal Register notice of the proposed Consent Decree. (ECF No. 6,
at 2.) The Court takes judicial notice of the same. See Notice of Lodging of Consent
Decree Under [CERCLA], 76 Fed. Reg. 77,846-02, 2011 WL 6177950 (Dec. 14, 2011);
see also Fed. R. Evid. 201(b) (providing that judicial notice may be taken of a fact that is
“not subject to reasonable dispute in that it is . . . capable of accurate and ready
determination by resort to sources whose accuracy cannot reasonably be questioned”).
Plaintiff also represents that, during the 30-day public comment period, no comments
from members of the public were received regarding the proposed Consent Decree.
(ECF No. 6, at 2.) See also 28 C.F.R. § 50.7 (providing for notice and public comment
period, and providing that Department of Justice shall inform the Court of any comments
received from members of the public).
The Court, having carefully evaluated the Unopposed Motion, the proposed
Consent Decree, and the supplemental information filed by Plaintiff, having received no
comments from members of the public regarding the proposed Consent Decree, and
being otherwise fully advised, concludes that the proposed Consent Decree is fair,
reasonable, and equitable, and does not violate law or public policy. See Colorado v.
City & Cnty. of Denver, No. 10-cv-1303, 2010 WL 4318835, at *4-*5 (D. Colo. Oct. 22,
2010); United States v. ASARCO, Inc., 814 F. Supp. 951, 954-55 (D. Colo. 1993).
In accordance with the foregoing, the Court ORDERS as follows:
Plaintiff’s Unopposed Motion to Enter Consent Decree (ECF No. 6) is
The Consent Decree lodged with the Court by Plaintiff on December 8,
2011 (ECF No. 2, Ex. 1) is hereby APPROVED;
The Clerk of Court shall ENTER the approved Consent Decree separately
signed by the undersigned; and
The Clerk of Court shall TERMINATE this action, provided, however, that
nothing herein shall affect the terms of the Consent Decree entered this
day, and that this Court retains jurisdiction to enforce the terms of the
Consent Decree as entered.
Dated this 29th day of February, 2012.
BY THE COURT:
William J. Martínez
United States District Judge
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