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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


Rise of the Responsible Agencies: California Environmental Quality Act Compliance In a Regional Focused Environment by Kristina Daniel Lawson, Miller Starr Regalia, Walnut Creek, California127


Bills Introduced in the U.S. Senate and California Assembly to Limit Chromium 6 in Drinking Water132


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions134


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Ninth Circuit Finds EPA’s Review of California’s CAA State Implementation Plan for Air Quality Standards for Ozone Was Arbitrary and Cap-


Association of Irritated Residents v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case Nos. 09-71383, 09-71404 (9th Cir. Feb. 2, 2011).

Ninth Circuit Holds Timber Company Has Standing to Challenge EPA Decision Keeping Watershed on Clean Water Act 303(D) List141

Barnum Timber Co. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 08-17715 (9th Cir. Feb. 3, 2011).

First Circuit Overturns District Court’s Dismissal of RCRA Action on Burford Abstention Grounds142

Chico Service Station Inc. v. Sol Puerto Rico Limited, ___F.3d___, Case No. 10-1200 (1st Cir. 2011).

Third Circuit Finds EPA’s Common Control Decision Not Ripe for Judicial Review145

Ocean County Landfill Corp. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 09-2937 (3rd Cir. Feb. 2, 2011).

District Court:

District Court Finds Insurance Policy Provides Limited Coverage for EPA Cleanup Costs147

500 Associates, Inc. v. Vermont American Corp., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 3:96CV-847-S (W.D. Ky. Feb. 7, 2011).

District Court Finds That with CERCLA and RCRA the U.S. Is Not Subject to State-Imposed Time Limits for Suing Dissolved Corporations148

City of Colton v. American Promotional Events, Inc., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 09-1864 PSG (C.D. Cal. Feb. 4, 2011).

District Court Dismisses Constitutional, State Law and Common Law Claims against County Landfill for Failure to Prove VOC Migration and Damages150

Crane-McNab, et al. v. County of Merced, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:2008cv01218 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 8, 2011).

District Court Rejects PG152

Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. C 10-0121 RS, slip op. (N.D. Cal. Feb. 4, 2011).

District Court Finds Clean Water Act Citizen Suit Notice Adequate Despite Specific Violation Dates Not Alleged154

Northern California River Watch v. Oakland Maritime Support Services, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. C 10-03912 CW (N.D. Cal. Feb. 14, 2011).