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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


Lima Climate Change Conference Establishes Framework for Anticipated 2015 Global Climate Change Agreement31

Solar Energy Disputes Arise in the Mojave Desert—Colorado River Indian Tribes File Suit to Halt Blythe II Project32


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions34


Circuit Court of Appeals:

D.C. Circuit Revives Alaska’s Challenge to the ‘Roadless Rule’38

Alaska v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, ___F.3d___, Case No. 13-5147 (D.C. Cir. Nov. 7, 2014).

Ninth Circuit Shoots Down Shell Oil’s ‘Novel’ Preemptive APA Lawsuit against Environmental Groups, Seeking to Affirm the Bureau of Safety’s Approval of Two Oil Spill Response Plans39

Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. v. Center for Biological Diversity, Inc., et al., ___F.3d___, Case No. 13-35835 (9th Cir. Nov. 12, 2014).

Ninth Circuit Finds EPA Is Not Required to Create New Regulations Governing Ozone Pollution40

WildEarth Guardians, et al. v. McCarthy, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-16797 (9th Cir. Dec. 1, 2014).

District Court:

District Court Holds Parties Seeking Cost Recovery under Brownfields Cleanup Agreement Are Limited to a Claim for Contribution under CERCLA42

HLP Properties, LLC v. Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc.., ___F.Supp3d___, Case No. 14-01383 (S.D. N.Y. Nov. 21, 2014).

District Court Enjoins EPA § 404(C) Clean Water Act Determination under the Federal Advisory Committee Act44

Pebble Limited Partnership v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 3:14:cv-00097 (D. Alaska Nov. 2014).

District Court Affirms Plaintiff’s Independent Action for Violation of Clean Air Act General Opacity Limits46

Sierra Club v. Union Electric Company, ___F.Supp.3d ___, Case No. 14-cv-00408-AGF (E.D. Mis. Nov. 6, 2014).

District Court Dismisses Claims for Relief from Release and Disposal of Toxic Contaminants Because of Errors in 60-Day Notice Requirements48

Tani v. Walter Energy, Inc., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 2:14-CV-00890-WMA, (N.D. Ala. Nov. 18, 2014).

Bankruptcy Court:

Bankruptcy Court Approves Stipulation and Order Requiring Compliance With California Hazardous Waste Control Laws50

In re Exide Technologies, Case No. 13-11482 (KJC) (U.S. Bnkr. D. Del.).

Court of Federal Claims:

Court of Federal Claims Holds that Mitigation Bank Agreement with the Corps of Engineers Is a Binding Contract against the U.S. Government52

Pioneer Reserve, LLC. v. U.S., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 14-376C (Fed. Cl. Nov. 21, 2014).