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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: New Round of Guidance Unlikely to Clarify Clean Water Act Jurisdiction by W. Parker Moore and Graham St. Michel, Beveridge and Diamond, P.C., Washington, D.C191


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions197


Colorado Permits the First U.S. Uranium Mine in 30 Years on a Site between Two Rivers—Conservation Group Sues to Revoke Permit201


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Fifth Circuit Holds Active Prosecution of Clean Water Act Violations by Federal or State Agency Is Not a Jurisdictional Bar to Citizen Suit Enforcement203

Louisiana Environmental. Action Network v. City of Baton Rouge, ­­­___F.3d___, Case No. 11-30549 (5th Cir. Apr. 17, 2012).

District Court:

District Court Rejects Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings in Clean Water Act Discharge Suit for Failure to Properly Allege Causal Nexus205

Appalachian Voices, Inc. v. Nally & Hamilton Enterprises, Inc., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 11-133-GFVT (E. D. Ky. 2012).

District Court Limits Affirmative Defenses in a CERCLA Contribution Claim206

ConocoPhillips Pipe Line Company v. Rogers Cartage Company, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 3:11-cv-497-DRH-DGW (S.D. Ill. Apr. 12, 2012).

District Court Remands EPA’s New or Revised Water Quality Standard Determination for Failure to Apply Eleventh Circuit’s ‘Effects Test’208

Florida Clean Water Network, Inc. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 4:09cv165/MCR/WCS (N.D. Fla. 2012).

District Court Finds Whether Plaintiffs Were Prevailing Parties or Not, An Award of Costs Would Not Be Justified in the Face of Improper Actions211

Litgo New Jersey, Inc. v. Martin, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 06-2891 (AET) (D. N.J. Apr. 13, 2012).

District Court Finds Liability under CERLA Is Joint and Several unless there Is Clear Proof that the Harm Is Divisible212

Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. CV-04-256-LRS (E. D. Wash. Apr. 4, 2012).

District Court Denies Plaintiff Relief under CERCLA Sections 107, 113 and RCRA Section 7002 in State Mandated Remediation of Industrial Site214

Trinity Industries, Inc. v. Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 08-1709 (W.D. Pa. Apr. 4, 2012).

District Court Declines to Equitably Toll CERCLA Statute of Limitations and Dismisses Lawsuit against Possible Facility Owner216

U.S. v. Capital Tax Corporation, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 04 C 4138 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 16, 2012).