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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter

June 2015

June 2015


California Governor Signs Executive Order Establishing Aggressive New Target for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions179


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions181


Circuit Court of Appeals:

D.C. Circuit Confirms Requirements for Challenges to EPA Promulgated Greenhouse Gas Regulations185

Delta Construction Co. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 11-1428 (D.C. Cir. Apr. 24, 2015).

Ninth Circuit Ends Two Decades of Litigation over the Pesticide Element of California’s State Implementation Plan under the Federal Clean Air Act187

El Comite para el Bienestar de Earlimart v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-74184 (9th Cir. May 8, 2015).

Fifth Circuit Holds EPA’s Refusal to Make Determination to Control Nitrogen and Phosphorous in the Mississippi River Basin Lacked Adequate Explana-


Gulf Restoration Network v. Gina McCarthy, ___F.3d___, Case No. 13-31214 (5th Cir. Apr. 7, 2015).

Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Determination of the Corps of Engineers Can Be Challenged in Court, Says the Eighth Circuit191

Hawkes Co., Inc. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ___F.3d___, Case No. 13607 (8th Cir. Apr. 15, 2015).

Federal Circuit Rejects Hopi Tribe’s Claim that the United States Must Provide Safe Drinking Water on the Reservation. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

Hopi Tribe v. U.S., ___F.3d___, Case No. 2014:5018 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 2, 2015).

Ninth Circuit Widens Circuit Split on the Scope of the Class Action Fairness Act’s Local Single Event Excep-


Jocelyn Allen, et al. v. The Boeing Company, et al, ___F.3d___, Case No. 15-35162 (9th Cir. Apr. 27, 2015).

D.C. Circuit Finds EPA Administrator’s Discretionary Endangerment Findings Trigger Duties to Regulate Air Pollutants and Stationary Sources under the CAA. .197

Samuel Zook, et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Gina McCarthy, ___F.3d___, Case No. 14-5187 (D.C. Cir. Apr. 24, 2015).

Second Circuit Denies Property Owners Affirmative Defense In CERCLA Case and Orders the Payment of $6.7 Million because They Failed to Show Due


State of New York v. Adamowicz, ___F.3d___, Case No. 14-1702-cv (2nd Cir. Apr. 23, 2015).

District Court:

District Court Finds NPDES Permit Does Not Require Compliance with State’s Water Quality Standards for Color, Odor, and Turbidity201

Altamaha Riverkeeper, Inc. v. Rayonier, Inc., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. CV 214-44 (S.D. Ga. 2015).

District Court Defers to Virginia State Agency in Granting Summary Judgment to Coal Company in Clean Water Act Citizen Suit203

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards v. Red River Coal Company, Inc., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 2:14-CV-00024 (W.D. Va. Apr. 13, 2014).


Colorado Supreme Court Finds Modified Case Management Order Issued in Fracking Case Was Not Authorized by State Rules of Civil Procedure203

Antero Resources Corporation v. William G. Strudley, Case No. 13SC576, ___P.3d___ (Colo. Apr. 20, 2015).