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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

December 2016

Volume 11, Number 10 December 2016


Flint Michigan Water Quality Litigation Update: Court Rulings Place the State in Jeopardy of Liability231

News from the West233


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions236



Ninth Circuit Upholds Use of Climate Change Predictive Models as a Basis for Listing Species for Protection under the Federal Endangered Species


Alaska Oil and Gas Association v. Prizker, ___F.3d___, Case Nos. Nos. 14-35806, 14-35811 (9th Cir. Oct. 24, 2016).

Eighth Circuit Reverses District Court’s Remand of Class Action Related to Chemical Release Finding that Removal Was Timely240

Gibson v. Clean Harbors Environmental Services, ___F.3d___, Case No. 16-8012 (8th Cir. Oct. 24, 2016).

District Court Rejects Public Utilities Clean Water Act Claims Regarding Wastewater Discharges242

Carolina Water Services, Inc. v. Regina McCarthy, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 3:15-cv-04919 (D. S.C. Sept. 29, 2016).

District Court Holds Consultant Potentially Liable for CERCLA Clean Up Costs Flowing from Breach of Contractual Testing Obligations244

City of Waco v. Kleinfelder Central, Inc., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 6:15-CV-310 (W.D. Tex. Oct. 6, 2016).

District Court Rules that While RCRA Authorizes Injunctive Relief the Court May Instead Refrain to Accommodate State Agency Plans245

Lajim, LLC v. General Electric Co., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 13 CV 50348 (N.D. Il. Oct. 4, 2016).

District Court Holds that the Clean Water Act’s ‘Maintenance Exception’ Does Not Legitimize an Illegal, Unpermitted Levee247

Quad Cities Waterkeeper Inc. v. Ballegeer, et al., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 4:12-CV-4075-SLD-JEH (C.D. Il. Sep. 29, 2016).