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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


Oregon Governor Signs into Law Nation’s First State Phase Out of Coal for Energy Generation—While California Mulls Ban on Coal Transport-


California State Water Resources Control Board to Consider Adopting New General Order for Recycled Water Use128


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions131


Circuit Court of Appeals:

D.C. Circuit Directs EPA to Prepare a Financial Rulemaking Process under CERCLA for Hardrock Mining135

In re Idaho Conservation League, et al., ___F.3d___, Case No. 14-1149 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 29, 2016).

Ninth Circuit Rejects Arizona’s Challenge to National Park Clean Air Act Haze Reduction Plan136

State of Arizona v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 13-70366 (9th Cir. Feb. 24, 2016).

Eighth Circuit Denies Review of EPA’s Determination on Nebraska’s Clean Air Act Regional Haze Plan138

State of Nebraska v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-3084, (8th Cir. Feb. 3, 2016).

District Court:

District Court Dismisses CERCLA Claims against the United States Seeking to Recover Costs Paid to Cleanup Uranium Mine140

Atlantic Richfield Co. v. U.S., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 1:15-cv-56 (D. N.M. Mar. 1, 2016).

District Court Finds Defendant Not Liable for CERCLA Cost Recovery or Contribution Claims

under a Successor-In-Interest Theory142

Garrett Day LLC v. International Paper Co., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 3:15-cv-36 (S.D. Ohio Feb. 12, 2016).

District Court Rejects NEPA/Clean Water Act Challenges to Army Corps Dredging of the Snake River Navigation Channel144

Idaho Rivers United, et al. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. C14-1800JLR (W.D. Wa. Feb. 9, 2016).

District Court Dismisses Claims against Companies that Assisted In the Cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill146

In re Deepwater Horizon, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. MDL No. 2179 (E.D. La. Feb. 16, 2016).

District Court Upholds CERCLA’s Jurisdictional Bar In Denying Plaintiff’s Preemptive Lawsuit to Avoid Liability148

Land O’Lakes, Inc. v. U.S., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. CIV-15-683-R (W.D. Ok. 2016).

District Court Finds EPA’S Clean Air Act PSD Action against Plant Operator Was Equitable in Nature Precluding a Right to a Jury Trial150

U.S. v. Ameren Missouri, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 4:11-cv-77 RWS (E.D. Mo. Feb. 8, 2016).