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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

January 2013

Volume 8, Number 1 January 2013


U.S. Supreme Court Hears Two Clean Water Act Cases3

News From the West5


EPA Passes Rule Exempting Stormwater Discharges from Logging Roads from Clean Water Act NPDES Permitting Requirements8

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Announces Listing Protection under the ESA for Two Species of Arctic Seals9

Group Petitions U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeking Downlisting of the West Indian Manatee11


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions13



Eleventh Circuit Finds District Court Lacked Jurisdiction to Enjoin a State Water Contract Dispute16

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Fund, Inc. v. City of Atlanta, ___F.3d___, Case Nos. 10-10711, 10-10718 (11th Cir. Nov. 19, 2012).

District Court Finds City’s Pre-Suit Settlement with State Agency Does Not Bar Subsequent Clean Water Act Citizen Suit19

Gulf Restoration Network v. City of Hattiesburg, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 2:12-CV-36-KS-MTP (S.D. Miss. Nov. 6, 2012).

District Court Denies Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment against Defendants on the Basis of ‘Contributing’ to a 550-Gallon Fuel Oil Spill under RCRA21

National Exchange Bank and Trust v. Petro-Chemical Systems, Inc., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 11-CV-134 (E.D. Wisc., Dec. 3, 2012).

District Court Rejects Manufacturer’s Claim that Insurance Policies Covering Past Dumping of Hazardous Substances, Gave Rise to Duty to Defend23

Ross Development Corp. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 2:08-3672-MBS (D. S.C. Nov. 15, 2012).

District Court Denies Request Compelling Discovery of CERCLA Litigant’s Finances While Permitting Discovery of Insurance Information26

Shulman v. Chromatex, Inc., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 3:CV-08-0229 (M.D. Penn. Nov. 13, 2012).

District Court Upholds Superfund Clean Up Plan—Finds Defendants Liable Even if Their Contribution Alone Would Not Have Incurred a Response


U.S. v. NCR Corp., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 10-C-910 (E.D. Wisc. Nov 21, 2012); U.S. v. NCR Corp., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 10-C-910 (E.D. Wisc. Nov 23, 2012).