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Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law & Regulation Reporter


California Court of Appeal Addresses County Ordinance for Ministerial Oil and Gas Well Permits—Finds Ordinance Offends CEQA on Multiple Fronts by Collin McCarthy, Esq., and Christina Berglund, Esq., Remy Moose Manley, LLP, Sacramento, California145


U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Releases Klamath River Project Interim Plan, Which Provides Additional Water for Endangered Species150


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions153


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Ninth Circuit Makes Clear that the Administrative ‘Finality’ Requirement under Williamson County for Federal Land Use Takings Claims Remains Intact157

Pakdel v City and County of San Francisco, 952 F.3d 1157 (9th Cir. 2020).

District Court:

Allegations of RICO Violations in ‘Clean Diesel’ Litigation Survive Motion to Dismiss159

Albers v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, et al., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 16-881 (D. N.J. Mar. 25, 2020).

CAFO Citizen Suit Fails to Establish ‘Imminent and Ongoing Threat’ Under RCRA and the Clean Water Act161

Garrison v. New Fashion Pork, LLP, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 18-CV-3073-CJW-MAR (N.D. Iowa Mar. 27, 2020).

District Court Grants Summary Judgment on Public Nuisance Claims Relating to PCB Contamination of San Diego Bay163

San Diego Unified Port District v. Monsanto Co., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 3:15-CV-00578 (S.D. Cal. Mar. 26, 2020).


California Court of Appeal Upholds Environmental Analyses for Master Planned Community Development Project166

Environmental Council of Sacramento v. County of Sacramento, 45 Cal.App.5th 1020 (3rd Dist. 2020).

California Court of Appeal Affirms Invalidating City’s Mitigated Negative Declaration for Mixed Use Project in Environmentally Sensitive Area168

Save the Agoura Cornell v. City of Agoura Hills, ___Cal.App.5th___, Case Nos. B292246, B295112 (2nd Dist. Feb. 24, 2020, pub. Mar. 17, 2020).

New Jersey Appellate Court Upholds Best Management Practices Based Stormwater Discharge Permit under the Clean Water Act171

Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Case No. A-1821-17T3 (N.J. Super.Ct.App. Mar. 18, 2020).