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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

December 2014

Volume 9, Number 10 December 2014


Water Wars Between the States: U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Original Jurisdiction over Florida-Alabama-Georgia Water Dispute Regarding Downstream Supplies from Apalachicola-Chattahoochee Flint River System275

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Final Restoration Plan for National Wildlife Refuge276

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Water Providers Unveil New Program to Address Declining Reservoir Levels on the Colorado River278

News from the West281


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions284



Eleventh Circuit Reverses District Court’s Dismissal of Groundwater Contamination Toxic Tort Claims and Criticizes the Use of Lone Pine


Adinolfe v. United Technologies Corp., ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-16396 (11th Cir. Oct. 6, 2014).

Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban on Hovercraft Use on State-Owned Waters Subject to Federal Lands Conservation Act288

Sturgeon v. Masica, ___F.3d___, Case No. 13-36165 (9th Cir. Oct. 6, 2014).

Seventh Circuit Revives Apportionment Defense, Potentially Limiting Joint and Several CERCLA Liability for Discharges into Wisconsin Water-


U.S. v. P.H. Glatfelter Co., ___F.3d___, Case No. 13-2436 (7th Cir. 2014).

District Court Finds Claims under Section 113(F) of CERCLA Are Barred by the Applicable Statute of Limitations292

Florida Power Corporation, dba Progress Energy Florida Inc. v. First Energy Corp., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 1:12CV1839 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 10, 2014).

District Court Holds Lessee Did Not Possess ‘A Priority of Rights and Claims’ to Be Liable as a De Facto Owner under CERCLA for PCE Contamina-


Next Millennium Realty, LLC, and 101 Frost Street Associates v. Adchem Corp. et al., ___F.Supp3rd___, Case No. cv 03-5985 (E.D. N.Y. Oct. 22, 2014).

District Court Allows Plaintiffs’ Clean Water Act Claims to Rely on Proxy to Establish the Discharge of Pollutants without Direct Evidence of the Pollutants Discharged296

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Inc. et al. v. Fola Coal Company, LLC, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 2:13-CV-5006 (S.D. W.Va. 2014).