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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter

June 2014

Volume 7, Number 2 June 2014


The Rapanos Decision Revisited—EPA and the Corps of Engineers’ Proposed Rule Will Attempt to Clarify ‘Waters of the United States’ by Paul L. Noto, Esq., Patrick, Miller, Kropf and Noto, P.C., Aspen, Colorado and S. Chapin Lewis, Esq., Colorado35


California Air Pollution Association Predicts Global Warming and Climate Change to Worsen Air Pollution39


Recent Scientific Studies on Climate Change41


California Air Resources Board Releases New Truck and Bus Regula-



Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties, and Sanctions46


U.S. Supreme Court Upholds EPA’s Clean Air Act Cross-State Air Pollution Rule49

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P., ___U.S.___, 134 S.Ct. 1584 (Apr. 29, 2014).

D.C. Circuit Questions EPA Allegation that Judicial Review of Claims Challenging Cleanup of Uranium Sites Is Barred by EPA Assertion It Is Pursuing Removal or Remedial Action51

El Paso Natural Gas Co. v. U.S., ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-5156 consolidated with 12-5157 (D.C. Cir. Apr. 4, 2014).

D.C. Circuit Affirms EPA’s Regulations Lowering Particulate Matter Pursuant to Clean Air Act National Ambient Air Quality Standards53

National Association of Manufacturers. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 13-1069 (D.C. Cir. May 9, 2014).

District Court Upholds the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Lake Tahoe Regional Plan Update55

Sierra Club v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 2:13-cv-00267 (E.D. Cal. Apr. 7, 2014).

District Court Orders EPA to Complete Review of Federal Clean Air Act National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone57

Sierra Club et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency et al., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 4:13-cv-02809 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 2014).

Fishing for Trouble: District Court Finds Failing to Abide by the Federal ESA Can Swiftly Derail a Project59

Souza v. California Department of Transportation, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 13-cv-04407-JD (N.D. Cal. May 2, 2014).

Federal Claims Court Finds Mineral Exploratory Company Has No Property Rights in Public Lands for Mining Purposes60

Vane Minerals (US), LLC v. U.S., Case No. 12-646 L (Fed. Cl. Apr. 29, 2014).