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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions223


EPA Issues Draft Guidance on Underground Injection Control Permits for Hydraulic Fracturing Using Diesel Fuel227


U.S. District Court Dismisses FEMA from Mississippi Flood Lawsuit229


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Sixth Circuit Holds the Clean Air Act’s Citizen Suit Provision Does Not Authorize Citizens to Enforce Violations of Ohio’s State Implementation Plan231

Sierra Club v. Christopher Korleski, ___F.3d___, Case No. 10-3269 (6th Cir. May 25, 2012).

Fifth Circuit Holds Circumstantial Evidence May Establish a Knowing

CWA Violation—Only Ordinary Negligence Is Required for a Negligent Violation233

U.S. v. Pruett, et al., ___F.3d___, Case No. 11–30572 (5th Cir. May 15, 2012).

District Court:

On Remand from Second Circuit, District Court Reallocates CERCLA Liability and Grants Declaratory Judgment for Future Response Costs234

State of New York. v. Solvent Chem. Co., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 83–CV–1401–JTC, (W.D. N.Y. May 16, 2012).

District Court Rejects RCRA Open Dumping Claim, Upholds Endangerment Claim for Hazardous Waste and Groundwater Contamination237

Town and Country Co-Op, Inc. v. Akron Products Co., et al., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:11cv2578 (N.D. Ohio May 11, 2012).

District Court Interprets ‘Stormwater Amendment’ as Clarifying, Rather than Altering the United States’ Clear Waiver of Sovereign Immunity239

U.S. v. City of Renton, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. C11-1156JLR (W.D. Wash. May 25, 2012).

District Grants Summary Judgment For Defendants Facing Whistleblower Retaliation Claims under Federal Environmental Statutes241

Vander Boegh v. Energy Solutions, Inc., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 5:10-CV-31 (W.D. Ky. May 3, 2012).

District Court Holds a Court May Infer a Lack of Diligence by EPA’s Lukewarm Enforcement of an Order243

Water Quality Protection Coalition v. Municipality of Arecibo, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 11-1593 (SEC) (D. P.R. May 1, 2012).

District Court Holds that EPA’s Duty to Promulgate Revised Clean Air Act Regulations Is a Discretionary Function245

WildEarth Guardians v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case Nos. 11-cv-5651-YGR; 11-cv-5694-YGR (N.D. Cal. May 7, 2012).