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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

December 2015

Volume 10, Number 10 December 2015


Sixth Circuit Tries to Clarify the Scope of the Clean Water Act’s Reach by Issuing a Nationwide Stay of EPA and the Corps’ Clean Water Rule by Kathryn Horning, Esq., Allen Matkins, LLP, San Diego, California; and Robert Schuster, Esq., Argent Communications Group, Auburn, California231


News from the West235


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions240



D.C. Circuit Upholds EPA’s Withdrawal of a Proposed Rule to Obtain Information about Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations244

Environmental Integrity Project, Food & Water Watch, et al. v. Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., ___F.3d___, Case No. 13-1306 (RDM) (D.C. Cir. Sept. 29, 2015).

Fifth Circuit Bars Claims against Barge Company for Mississippi River Oil Spill246

Nguyen v. American Commercial Lines, LLC, ___F.3d___, Case No. 2:11-CV-1799 (5th Cir. Oct. 8, 2015).

District Court Finds that the Bureau of Reclamation’s Management of the Central Valley Project Is Not ‘Agency Action’ under the APA-Grants Motion to Dismiss Claims248

California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 1:15-cv-00912 (E.D. Cal. Oct. 20. 2015).

District Court Finds EPA’s Position to Not Review Pennsylvania’s Anti-Degradation Statute Is Subject to an Auer Deference250

Pine Creek Valley Watershed Assoc., et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 14-1478 (E.D. Penn. Sept. 28, 2015).

District Court Rejects Divisibility Cap on CERCLA Superfund Liability252

U.S. v. NCR Corporation, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 10-C-910 (E.D. Wis. Oct. 19, 2015).