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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

April 2012

Volume 7, Number 4 April 2012


The U.S. Supreme Court Revisits ‘Navigability’ and the ‘Equal Footing’ Doctrine by Harvey M. Sheldon, Hinshaw and Culbertson, LLP, Chicago,



New Agreement Reached for Public-Private Partnership Nuclear Reactor Projects at Savannah River Site100

News from the West101


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions104


U.S. Supreme Court Decides a Clean Water Act Compliance Order Can Be Challenged in Court Prior to an EPA Enforcement Action106

Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 566 U.S. __, Case No. 10-1062 (Mar. 21, 2012).

Fifth Circuit Holds U.S. Army Corps Can Be Liable for Flood Damages from Hurricane Katrina108

In Re: Katrina Canal Breaches Litigation, ___F.3d___, Case No. 10-30249 (5th Cir. Mar. 2, 2012).

District Court Denies Attempt to Extend Bestfoods Analysis for Holding Related Entities Responsible in Non-CERCLA Context110

Babb v. Lee County Landfill SC, LLC, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 3:10-cv-01724-JFA (D. S.C. Feb. 9, 2012).

District Court Upholds EPA Adopted Numeric Water Quality Standards for Florida but Requires that Criteria Address the Effects of Nutrient Levels111

Florida Wildlife Federation, Inc. v. Jackson, et al., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 4:08cv324–RH/WCS, et seq. (N.D. Fla. Feb. 18, 2012).

District Court Finds Deliberative Process Exemption Applies to EPA Emails, Press Releases, Fact Sheets, and Maps Relating to Water Quality Standards.113

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ____F.Supp.2d____, Case No. 4:10-CV-2103 (E.D. Mo. Mar. 2, 2012).

District Court Holds EPA Has No Duty to Approve or Disapprove Missouri’s Water Quality Standards Not Revised During the Triennial Review115

Missouri Coalition for the Environment Foundation v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 10-04169-CV-C-NKL (W.D. Mo. Feb. 16, 2012).

EPA Extends Sewer Overflow Enforcement to the Little Guy—Reaches $23 Million Settlement with Welch, West Virginia117

U.S. v. City of Welch, Case No. 1:11-00647 (S.D. W.Va. Feb 6, 2012).