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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter

August & September 2015

August & September 2015


Texas Governor Files Amicus Brief Opposing Houston Air Quality



Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions213


U.S. Supreme Court:

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns EPA’s Power Plant Air Toxics


Michigan v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ___U.S.___, 135 S.Ct. 2699 (June 29, 2015).

Circuit Court of Appeals:

Third Circuit Affirms EPA’s Issuance of a Multi-State Clean Water Act TMDL Framework for Reducing Pollution to the Chesapeake Bay218

American Farm Bureau Federation v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 13-4079 (3rd Cir. July 6, 2015).

Ninth Circuit Finds Private-Party Judicially Approved Settlement may Trigger CERCLA’s Statute of Limitations for Contribution Claims220

Asarco, LLC v. Celanese Chemical Company, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-16832 (9th Cir. July 10, 2015).

Ninth Circuit Denies Petition for Review Clearing the Way for EPA to Retroactively Revise Clean Air Act State Implementation Plans222

Association of Irritated Residents v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 790 F.3d 934 (9th Cir. 2015).

Fourth Circuit Holds that Casino Cannot Assert NPDES Permit Shield Defense to Defeat RCRA

Citizen Suit224

Bruce Goldfarb v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland, ___F.3d___, Case No. 14-1825, (4th Cir. July 1, 2015).

D.C. Circuit Sustains ‘As-Applied’ Clean Air Act Challenges to EPA Regulation Governing Interstate Pollution226

EME Homer City Generation, L.P. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 11-1302 (D.C. Cir. July 28, 2015).

Tenth Circuit Finds Colorado’s Renewable Energy Mandate Does Not Violate the Commerce


Energy and Environment Legal Institute v. Epel, ___F.3d___, Case No. 14-1216 (10th Cir. July 13, 2015).

D.C. Circuit Finds Clean Air Act Vehicle Emission Standards Must Be Based On ‘Commercially Available’ Fuel229

Energy Future Coalition v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 14-1123 (D.C. Cir. July 14, 2015).

D.C. Circuit Refuses to Review Clean Air Act Early Challenges to Clean Power Plan231

In re Murray Energy Corp., 788 F.3d 330 (D.C. Cir. 2015).

Seventh Circuit Upholds Consent Decree Requiring Water District to Satisfy Water-Quality Requirements Related to Construction Projects233

U.S., et al. v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, ___F.3d___, Case Nos. 14-1776 & 14-1777 (7th Cir. July 9, 2015).

District Court:

District Court Finds Government Contractor Liable under CERCLA for 100 Percent of Remediation Costs At Defense Manufacturing Site234

TDY Holdings, LLC et al. v. U.S., et al., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 3:07-CV-787-CAB-BGS (S.D. Cal. July 29, 2015).