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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

June 2011

Volume 6, Number 6 June 2011


News From the West151


Flood Control Management and Liability Update154


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions156


EPA Issues Guidance to Identify Waters Protected by Clean Water


EPA Proposes New General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity161


U.S. Supreme Court:

U.S. Supreme Court Delivers Blow to Montana Claims under the Yellowstone River Compact164

State of Montana v State of Wyoming, ___ US___, 131 S.Ct. 1765, Case No. 137 Original (U.S. May 2, 2011).

Circuit Court of Appeals:

Alcoa Power Generating Hits Snag—D.C. Circuit Finds Clean Water Act

401 Certification Timely in North Carolina’s Yadkin River Project166

Alcoa Power Generating, Inc. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ___F.3d___, Case No. 10-1066 (D.C. Cir. May 3, 2011).

Eighth Circuit Holds CERCLA 113(F) Is Exclusive Remedy for Recovery of Response Costs Incurred Pursuant to Approved Settlement169

Morrison Enterprises, LLC v. Dravo Corp., ___F.3d___, Case No. 10-1468 (8th Cir. Apr. 5, 2011).

District Court:

District Court Holds Army Corps’ Planning Decisions Unfit for Review under the Clean Water Act’s Citizen-Suit Provision171

Holy Cross Neighborhood Association v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 03-370 (E.D. La. Mar. 29, 2011).

Fifth Attempt to Stop Wal-Mart Construction Project in New York under Water Quality Theories Is Not the Charm173

Kern v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 10-CV-827A (W.D. N.Y. Apr. 8, 2011).

District Court Strictly Enforces 60-Day Notice Prior to Filing Suit under CERCLA, RCRA, and the


LM Nursing Service, Inc. v. Ferriera, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 09-cv-43-SJM-DLM (D. R.I. Mar. 30, 2011).

District Court Finds Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands Had ‘Feasible Alternatives’ to Discharging Raw Sewage into Territorial Waters176

U.S. v. Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1984-104 (D. V.I. Mar. 31, 2011).