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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


Fulfilling Campaign Promise, President Trump Begins Expected Repeal of Clean Power Plan159


San Francisco Bay Area Grapples with Particulate Matter Pollution—and Size Does Matter161


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions163


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Fifth Circuit Finds Federally-Permitted Activity Does Not Give Rise to State Tort Liability Absent Independent Duty to Plaintiff under State Law167

Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., ___F.3d___, Case No. 15-30162 (5th Cir. Mar. 3, 2017).

Ninth Circuit Denies Petition for Review of Clean Air Act Federal Implementation Plan For the Navajo Nation169

Vincent Harris Yazzie v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., ___F.3d___, Case No. 14-73100 (9th Cir. 2017).

District Court:

District Court Gives EPA a Deadline to Promulgate ‘Risk and Technology Reviews’ under the Clean Air Act for 13 Categories of Hazardous Air Pollutants171

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League v. Pruitt, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case Number 16-cv-00364 (CRC) (D. D.C. Mar. 22, 2017).

District Court finds Plaintiff Properly Alleged the Release of Hazardous Substances under CERCLA in Water Contamination Case173

Citizens Development Corporation, Inc. v. County of San Diego, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No: 12CV0334 GPC KSC (S.D. Cal. Mar. 23, 2017).

District Court Support’s EPA’s Interpretation on Exercise of Its ‘Residual Designation Authority’ in Clean Water Act NPDES Matter174

Conservation Law Foundation, Inc. & Charles River Watershed Association, Inc. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 16-10397-RGS (D. Mass. Mar. 24, 2017).

District Court Dismisses Shareholder’s Derivative Suit against Sempra Energy Related to the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak176

Fischman v. Reed, et al, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 16-cv-1006-WQH-AGS (S.D. Cal. Mar. 29, 2017).

District Court Finds Dredging and Filling of Wetlands an ‘Occurrence’ under a Contractor’s Commercial General Liability Policies178

JTO, Inc. v. Travelers Indemnity Co. of America, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 1:16CV648 (N.D. Ohio Mar. 16, 2017).

District Court Finds Corps of Engineers Erred in Issuing CWA 404 Permit for Pier-Based Entertainment Venues within State Park181

The City Club of N.Y. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 16 Civ. 3934 (S.D. NY Mar. 23, 2017).


Is the State’s Cap-and-Trade Program a ‘Tax’?—Not According to the California Court of Appeal184

California Chamber of Commerce v. State Air Resources Board, ___ Cal.App.4th ____ (3rd Dist. Apr. 6, 2017).