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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


EPA and U.S. Army Corps Propose New Regulations Defining Federal Jurisdiction under Sections 402 and 404 of the Clean Water Act303


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions306


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Ninth Circuit Holds Insurer’s Duty to Defend Alleged Soil and Groundwater Contamination Is Triggered by EPA’s CERCLA 104(E) Information Request310

Anderson Brothers, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co., ___F.3d___, Case Nos. 12-35346, 35454 (9th Cir. Aug. 30, 2013).

Eighth Circuit Finds Costs and Expenses to Clean Up an Insured’s Own Property Are Not Covered under the ‘Owned-Property’ Exclusion312

Land O’Lakes, Inc. v. Employers Insurance Company of Wausau, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-1752 (8th Cir. Aug. 29, 2013).

Ninth Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard314

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey, ___ F.3d ___, Case No. 12-15131 (9th Cir. Sept. 18, 2013).

Fourth Circuit Holds that CERCLA Pre-Empts State Statutes of


Waldburger, et al. v. CTS Corporation, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-1290 (4th Cir. 2013).

District Court:

District Court Finds Clean Water Act Citizen Suit Is Moot when Agency Enforcement Action Exists . .317

Benham v. Ozark Materials River Rock, LLC, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 11-CV-339-JED-FHM (N.D. Okl. Sep. 24, 2013).

District Court Finds Claim under CERCLA Section 107(A) to Recover Response Costs Arising in the Future Must Fail319

Chevron Environmental Management Co. v. BKK Corp., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:11-CV-1396 LJO BAM (E.D. Cal. 2013).

District Court Imposes CERCLA Liability on a Supplier and a Recycler of PCB-Laden Wastepaper320

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP v. NCR Corporation, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:11-CV-483 (W.D. Mich. Sept. 26, 2013).

District Court Opens the Door for Another Court to Require EPA to Promulgate Rules on the Gulf of Mexico’s ‘Dead Zone’322

Gulf Restoration Network v. Jackson, ___F. Supp.2d___, Case No.12-6772013 (E.D. La. Sept. 20, 2013).

District Court Finds NMFS Abused Its Discretion in Authorizing the Incidental Take of Marine Mammals During Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercises324

InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council v. National Marine Fisheries Service, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No 1:12-cv-00420 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 26, 2013).

District Court Finds the CWA’s ‘Point Source’ Exception for Irrigation Return Flows Applies to Drainage System Catching and Draining Groundwater that Would Reach Crop Root Zone326

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. S-2:11-2980-KJM-CKD (E.D. Cal. Sept. 16, 2013).

State Court:

California Court of Appeal Holds that California and the Cal-EPA May Not Legally Be Liable for Septic Ban Imposed on Landowner by State Water


Lavine v. State of California, ___Cal.App.4th___, Case No. B238030 (Cal.App. 2013).