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Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter

April 2022

Volume 2, Number 7 April 2022


ASTM International Issues New Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Standard179


FERC Issues Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Decommissioning of Four Klamath River Dams181

FERC Revises Policy Statement on Natural Gas Facilities Certification to Bolster Consideration of GHG Impacts and Environmental Justice183

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Declares CVP Initial 2022 Allocation of Zero Percent for Irrigation—California Department of Water Resources Reduces SWP Allocations to Five Percent185

California Department of Water Resources Begins Preparation of Environmental Impact Report for Drought Salinity Barrier187


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions189


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Fifth Circuit Finds Biden Administration’s Policy on Assessing Greenhouse Gas Costs in Rulemaking Should Go Forward Pending Appeal192

Louisiana v. Biden, ___F.4th___, Case No. 22-30087 (5th Cir. Mar. 16, 2022).

District Court:

District Court Rejects Preliminary Injunction Against Hydroelectric Dams under the Federal Endangered Species Act194

Atlantic Salmon Federation U.S., et al. v. Merimil Limited Partnership, et al., ___F.Supp.4th___, Case No. 21-CV-00257-JDL (D. Me. Feb. 24, 2022).

District Court Upholds EPA’s ‘Reasonable Availability’ Analysis in the Establishment of a Clean Water Act ‘No Discharge Zone’196

American Waterways Operators v. Regan, ___F.Supp.4th___, Case No. 18-CV-2933 (APM) (D. D.C. Feb. 14, 2022).

District Court Finds Clean Water Act’s Partial Waiver of Sovereign Immunity Did Not Impliedly Repeal District Court’s Jurisdiction Over Enforcement Actions198

United States v. Bayley, ___F.Supp.4th___, Case No. 3:20-cv-05867-DGE (W.D. Wash. Mar. 14, 2022).


California Court of Appeal Upholds Environmental Analysis for Water Bank Authority’s Recharge Project200

Buena Vista Water Storage District v. Kern Water Bank, ___Cal.App.5th___, Case No. B309764 (2nd Dist. Feb. 23, 2022).

California Court of Appeal Upholds Environmental Analysis for Irrigation District’s Water Transmission Pipeline Project202

Save the El Dorado Canal v. El Dorado Irrigation District, ___Cal.App.5th___, Case No. C092086 (3rd Dist. Feb. 16, 2022).