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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

March 2015

Volume 10, Number 2 March 2015


Miami-Dade County’s Commissioners Wake Up and Smell the Sea Level Rise in Florida31

News from the West33


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions36



Sixth Circuit Finds Statute of Limitations Period for CERCLA Contribution Claims Begins on the Effective Date of an Administrative Settlement38

LWD PRP Group v. Alcan Corp., et al., ___F.3d___, Case No. 14-5730 (6th Cir. Jan. 14, 2015).

Sixth Circuit Finds Coal Mine Complying with Clean Water Act General Permit Is Shielded from Liability for Pollutant Discharges Not Explicitly Addressed in the Permit40

Sierra Club v. ICG Hazard, LLC, ___F.3d___, Case No. 13-5086 (6th Cir. Jan. 27, 2015).

Fifth Circuit Holds Lack of Intent to Dispose Is Key in Rejection of CERCLA ‘Arranger’ Liability in Soil and Groundwater Contamination Case42

Vine Street LLC v. Borg Warner Corp., ___F.3d___, Case No. 07-40440 (5th Cir. Jan. 16, 2015).

Seventh Circuit Upholds Decision to Apply Michigan’s Interpretation of Insurance Policy Standard Pollution Exclusion Clauses44

Visteon Corporation v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, P.A., ___F.3d___, Case No. 1:11-cv-002000-RLY-TAB (7th Cir. Jan. 23, 2015).

District Court Precludes County’s Attempt to Prohibit Application of Supremacy Clause and Preemption Doctrine to Ban Certain Oil and Gas Mining—Including Fracking46

Swepi, LP v. Mora County, N.M., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. CIV 14-0035 JB/SCY (D. N.M., Jan. 19, 2015).


New Jersey Supreme Court Finds No Statute of Limitations for Contribution Claims under the New Jersey Spill Act48

Morristown Associates v. Grant Oil Company, Case Nos. A-38-13 (073248) (N.J. Jan. 26, 2015)

Texas Supreme Court Wary of Subsurface Water Injection Being Automatic Trespass to Land50

Environmental Processing Systems v FPL, ___S.W.3d___, Case 12-905 (Tx. Feb. 2015).