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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions91


Circuit Court of Appeals:

D.C. Circuit Holds EPA’s Projection of Cellulosic Biofuel Production Was in Excess of the Agency’s Authority under the Energy Policy Act95

American Petroleum Institute v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-1139 (D.C. Cir. Jan 25, 2013).

D.C. Circuit Finds Challenge to California’s SIP Must Be Brought in the Ninth Circuit and Challenge to EPA’s Regulations Is Time-Barred97

American Road & Transportation Builders Association v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 11-1256 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 15, 2013).

Federal Circuit Finds Claims Court Improperly Rejected a Takings Claim Based on an Erroneous Relevant Parcel Determination in Connection with Corps 404 Permit Application98

Lost Tree Village Corporation v. U.S., ___F.3d___, Case No. 2012-5008 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 10, 2013).

D.C. Circuit Vacates and Remands to EPA Rule Establishing CAA Regulations of Particulate Matter of Less Than 2.5 Micrometers101

Sierra Club v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 10-1413 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 22, 2013).

District Court:

District Court Allocates 40 Percent of CERCLA Munitions Site Soil and Groundwater Remediation Costs to the United States102

American International Specialty Lines Insurance Company v. U.S., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. CV09-01734 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2013).

District Court Holds CERCLA Liability Cannot Be Transferred and Absolved by Contract105

Cyprus Amax Minerals Co. v. TCI Pac. Communications, Inc., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 11-CV-0252-JED-PJC (N.D. Okl. Jan. 22, 2013).

District Court Finds County Is Not a State for Purposes of Precluding a Citizen Suit Action under the Clean Water Act106

Kendall v. Thaxton Road LLC, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:09-CV-3520-TWT (N.D. Ga. Jan. 18, 2013).

District Court Rejects Clean Water Act and RCRA Claims as Both Were Addressed in Tennessee State Chancery Court109

Starlink Logististics, Inc. v. ACC, LLC, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:12-cv-0011 (M.D. Tenn. Jan. 17, 2013).

District Court Finds ‘Navigable Waters of the United States’ Does Not Mean ‘Traditionally Navigable Waters’ in Section 311 of the Clean Water


U.S. v. HVI Cat Canyon (Greka), ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 11-05097, Amended Order (C.D. Cal. Jan. 16, 2013).

Claims Court:

Federal Court of Claims Finds the U.S. Is Not Liable For Local Stormwater Management Taxes Assessed Prior to 2011113

DeKalb County v. U.S., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 11-171C (Fed. Cl. Jan. 28, 2013).