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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


Clean Water Act NPDES Program Jurisdiction Extends to Recreational Mining Activities in Idaho147


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions149


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Ninth Circuit Finds Insurance Company Cannot Bring a Subrogation Claim for CERCLA Recovery154

Chubb Custom Insurance Company v. Space Systems/Loral, Inc., ___F.3d___, Case No. 11-16272 (9th Cir. Mar. 15, 2013).

Eighth Circuit Finds EPA Wastewater Rules in Guidance Letters Exceed Statutory Authority and Violate Agency Rulemaking Procedure155

League of Iowa Cities v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 11-3412 (8th Cir. Mar. 25, 2013).

Fifth Circuit Upholds EPA’s Final Rule on Penalty Provisions in Texas Clean Air Act SIP157

Luminant Generation Co. LLC, et al., v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 10-60934 (5th Cir. Mar. 25, 2013).

First Circuit Holds Plaintiffs’ Pre-Suit Notice Met the Clean Water Act’s ‘Reasonably Specific’ Requirement160

Paolino v. JF Realty, LLC, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-2031 (1st Cir. Mar. 13, 2013).

District Court:

District Court Finds Release of PCBs from General Electric’s Transformers Exposed Company to CERCLA Operator Liability162

American Premier Underwriters, Inc. v. General Electric Company,___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:05cv437 (S.D. Ohio Mar. 15, 2013).

District Court Holds ‘9-11’ Claims Are Subject to Dismissal under the ‘Act of War’ Defense to CERCLA Liability164

In re September 11 Litigation: Cedar & Washington Associates v. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, et al., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case Nos. 21 MC 101 (AKH), 08 Civ. 9146 (AKH) (S.D. NY Mar. 20, 2013).

Complaints under the Clean Water Act and RCRA Are Dismissed by the District Court for Notice Failures167

Missud, et al. v. Oakland Coliseum Joint Venture, et al., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 12-02967 JCS (N.D. Cal. Mar. 5, 2013).

District Court Holds State Law Claims Involving

PCB Contamination Are Not Preempted by CERCLA Section 107(a)168

MPM Silicones, LLC v. Union Carbide Corporation, ___F.Supp2d___, Case No. 1:11-CV-1542 (N.D. NY Mar. 18, 2013).

District Court Finds Utility Upgrades Undertaken During Pendency of EPA’s Delisting Rule Gives Rise to Clean Air Act Violation170

Wildearth Guardians v. Lamar Utilities Board, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:09-cv-02974-DME-BNB (D. Colo. Mar. 21, 2013).

District Court Finds Appointment of Expert to Review a Consent Decree Is Proper when that Appointment Is Reasonable and Necessary173

U.S. v. City of Akron, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 5:09CV272 (N.D. Ohio Mar. 13, 2013).