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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

December 2012

Volume 7, Number 11 December 2012


National Academy of Sciences Offers Advice to the U.S. Army Corps on Aging Infrastructure307

New Stanford University Study Finds Snowpack Shrinking Faster than

Previously Believed308

EPA Announces Clean Water Act Settlement with Mineral Extraction

Company over Construction Activities at West Virginia Marcellus Shale


New Jersey Waives Environmental Requirements to Speed Rebuilding of Public Infrastructure in Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath—Environmental Groups Protest311

News From the West312


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions315


Environmental Groups File Suit in District Court for the District of Columbia Challenging Trading Provisions of EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load318



Ninth Circuit Grants Review of Ruby Pipeline Project Authorization Based on Unenforceable Conservation Measures320

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management, ___­­­F.3d___, Case Nos. 10-72356, 10-72552, 10-72762, 10-72768, 10-72775 (9th Cir. Oct. 22, 2012).

Eleventh Circuit Finds It Lacks Original Jurisdiction over EPA Rules Granting General Permitting Exemptions under the Clean Water Act321

Friends of the Everglades v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No.08-13652 (11th Cir. Oct. 26, 2012).

District Court Finds Manufacturer’s Knowledge of PCB-Leaking Railcar Transformers an Insufficient Basis to Impose Arranger Liability under


American Premier Underwriters Inc. v. General Electric Co., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:05cv437 (S.D. Ohio Sept. 30, 2012).

District Court Denies Request in Clean Water Act/RCRA Case to Commence Discovery While Motion to Dismiss Is Pending325

Apalachicola Riverkeeper v. Taylor Energy Co., LLC, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 12-0337 (E.D. La. Oct. 2, 2012).

District Court Gives Its Blessing to Settlement in Syngenta Class Action Suit Alleging Contamination of Water With Herbicide Atrazine327

City of Greenville v. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., Case No. 3:10-cv-00188-JPG-PMF (S.D. Ill. Oct. 23, 2012).

District Court Finds Government Contractor Not Liable for CERCLA Cleanup Costs by Sufficiently Broad Contract Clause328

U.S. v. ConocoPhillips Company, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. W-11-CV-167 (W.D. Tx. Sept. 30, 2012).


Massachusetts Land Owners Lose Fight to Declare Private Ownership of Beach331

Paulick v. Wellfleet Conservation Trust, Case Nos. 04REG 43391, 02SBQ43038 (Mass. Land Ct. Oct. 24, 2012).