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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

July/August 2012

Volume 7, Number 7 July/August 2012


Washington D.C.’s Clean Water Act MS4 Permit Settlement May Influence Municipal Stormwater Permits in Other Jurisdictions187

Panel Addresses Coastal and Ocean Carbon Storage in Advance of Rio+20 Conference189

News From the West190


EPA Approves Florida Clean Water Act Permits on Everglades Nutrient Water Quality193

U.S. Geological Survey Releases Study on How Climate Change Affects Water Availability194


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions196


Beach Driving Is the Focus of a Lawsuit and Proposed Legislation Involving the Cape Hatteras National Seashore198



Fifth Circuit Clarifies Review of Clean Water Act Criminal Convictions and Standards for Negligent Violations200

U.S. v. J. J. Pruett, Louisiana Water Company, and LWC Management Company, ___F.3d___, Case No. 11-30572 (5th Cir. May 15, 2012).

On Remand from the Second Circuit, District Court Reallocates CERCLA Liability and Grants Declaratory Judgment for Future Response Costs202

State of New York. v. Solvent Chem. Co., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 83–CV–1401–JTC, (W.D. N.Y. May 16, 2012).

District Court Rejects RCRA Open Dumping Claim, Upholds Endangerment Claim for Hazardous Waste and Groundwater Contamination204

Town and Country Co-Op, Inc. v. Akron Products Co., et al., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:11cv2578 (N.D. Ohio May 11, 2012).

Criminal Conviction of Water Quality Laboratory Operator Upheld by the District Court under the Clean Water Act206

U.S. v. Blue Marsh Laboratory & Michael J. McKenna, ___F.Supp.2d___, Criminal Action No. 11-259 (E.D. Pa. May 24, 2010).

District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Defendants Facing Whistleblower Retaliation Claims under Federal Environmental Statutes208

Vander Boegh v. Energy Solutions, Inc., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 5:10-CV-31 (W.D. Ky. May 3, 2012).

District Court Holds a Court May Infer a Lack of Diligence by EPA’s Lukewarm Enforcement of an Order210

Water Quality Protection Coalition v. Municipality of Arecibo, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 11-1593 (SEC) (D. P.R. May 1, 2012).