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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


The Ninth Circuit Restricts the Scope of the ‘Diligent Prosecution’ Bar to Federal Clean Water Act Citizen Suits by Meline MacCurdy, Esq., Marten Law, Portland, Oregon271


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions276


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Third Circuit Holds the Clean Air Act Does Not Preempt State Law Tort Claims Related to Air Pollution280

Bell v. Cheswick Generating Station, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-4216 (3rd Cir. Aug. 20, 2013).

D.C. Circuit Compels Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Resume Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Storage Licensing Proceedings282

In re Aiken County, ___F.3d___, Case No. 11-1271 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 13, 2013).

D.C. Circuit Remands ‘Novel’ EPA Air Toxics Rule for Further Explana-


National Association of Clean Water Agencies v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 11-1131 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 20, 2013).

Ninth Circuit Finds NPDES Permit Compliance Monitoring Establishes Appellees’ Clean Water Act Liability286

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. County of Los Angeles, ___F.3d___, Case No. 10-56017 (9th Cir. Aug. 8, 2013).

Third Circuit Finds Plaintiff May Prosecute CERCLA Contribution Claim Related to Liability under State Law289

Trinity Industries, Inc. v. Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-2059 (3rd Cir. Aug. 20 2013).

Third Circuit Holds Clean Air Act’s PSD Provisions Establish ‘Preconstruction’ Obligations Only, Subject to a Five-Year Statute of Limitations290

U.S. v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P., ___F.3d___, Case Nos. 11-4406, 11-4408 (3rd Cir. Aug. 21, 2013).

Second Circuit Holds the District Court Cannot Prevent Parties from Litigating Actions Related to CERCLA Consent Decree in State Court293

U.S. v. Steven A. Schurkman, et al., ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-3079-cv (2nd Cir. Aug. 27, 2013).

Seventh Circuit Finds Clean Water Act’s ‘Permit Shield’ Applies to a Facially Valid Permit where the Holder Lacks Notice of Potential Invalidity294

Wisconsin Resources Protection Council v. Flambeau Mining Company, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-2969 (7th Cir. Aug. 15, 2013).


California Court of Appeal Provides New Take on Evaluating Greenhouse Gas Emissions under


Friends of Oroville v. City of Oroville, 218 Cal.App.4th 1352 (Cal.App. 2013).