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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


U.S. State Department Releases the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline123


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions125


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Fifth Circuit Finds that Local Jurisdictions’ Police Powers Are Preempted by Federal Clean Water Act in Deepwater Horizon Litigation129

In Re: Deepwater Horizon, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-30012 (5th Cir. Feb. 24, 2014).

Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing En banc in Refinery Greenhouse Gas Regulation Suit in the State of Washington131

Washington Environmental Council v. Bellon, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-35323 (9th Cir. Feb. 3, 2014).

District Court:

District Court Addresses the Issue Whether Plaintiffs Destroyed a Former Dry Cleaning Facility with Knowledge of Potential Environmental Problems to be Tried132

Bel Air Mart v. Arnold Cleaners, Inc., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 2:10-cv-02392-MCE-EFB (E.D. Cal. Feb. 21, 2014).

District Court Applies Statute of Limitations in CAA New Source Review Case with No Owner Change but Limits Enforcement Bar to Penalties134

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Allegheny Energy, Inc., ___F.Supp.2d__, Case No. 05-885 (W.D. Pa. Feb. 6, 2014).

District Court Bars Reliance on Environmental Law Theory of Liability Not Disclosed in Response to Contention Interrogatories136

In re: Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) Products Liability Litigation, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:00-cv-01898-SAS-DCF (S.D. N.Y. Feb. 6, 2014).

District Court Affirms PRP Groups’ Ability to Prosecute Both CERCLA Section 107 and Section 113 Claims Simultaneously138

LWD PRP Group v. ACF Industries, et al., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 5:12-cv 00127 JHM (W.D. KE. Feb. 7, 2014).

District Court finds Defendant Individually Liable for Development’s Clean Water Act Violations140

Stillwater of Crown Point Homeowner’s Association, Inc. v. Robert Stiglich, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 2:09-CV-157-PC (N.D. Ind. Feb 26, 2014).

District Court Strikes Down Nebraska Law Allowing Keystone XL Pipeline142

Thompson v. Heineman, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. CI 12-2060 (D. Neb. Feb. 19, 2014).

District Court Denies Prevailing Defendant in Clean Water Act Litigation Costs because Plaintiffs’ Claim Was Not Frivolous or without Foundation144

Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, et al. v. Flambeau Mining Co., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 11-cv-45-bbc (W.D. Wis. Feb. 5, 2014).

District Court Addresses Procedural Circumstances to Determine whether a Party May Pursue a Contribution Action under CERCLA § 113(f)(1)145

Whittaker Corp. v. U.S., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. CV 13-1741 FMO (JCx) (C.D. Cal. Feb. 10, 2014).