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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

January 2018

Volume 12, Number 11 January 2018




Federal Agencies to Defer the Applicability of the 2015 ‘Waters of the

United States’ Rule279

News from the West281


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions286



Justice Kennedy’s Concurring Opinion in Rapanos Still Controls Questions of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction within the Ninth Circuit290

U.S. v. Robertson, 875 F.3d 1281 (9th Cir. 2017).

District Court Finds City’s Property Interest in Its Stormwater Management Systems Allow It to Pursue a Public Nuisance Claim292

City of San Diego v. Monsanto Company, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 15cv578-WQH-AGS (S.D. Cal. Nov. 22, 2017).

District Court Finds CERCLA Arranger Liability Requires One to ‘Arrange for’ the Disposal of Contaminantswith Another Party in Soil and Water Pollution Case295

Dixon Lumber Co., Inc. v. Austinville Limestone Co., Inc., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 7:16-cv-00130 (W.D. Va. Oct. 31, 2017).

District Court Holds Tort Claims against EPA and Remediation Contractors by Purchaser of Valuable Toxic Industrial Waste Barred EPA’s CERCLA Discretionary Authority297

Gadsden Industrial Park, LLC v. U.S., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 16–cv–00022 (N.D. Ala. 2017).

New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act Burdens Clarified by the District Court300

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection v. Amerada Hess Corp., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 15-6468 (D. N.J. Nov. 1, 2017).


Montana Supreme Court Affirms Water Court’s Apportionment of Disputed Irrigation Rights302

Quigley v. Beck, 2017 MT 278, 405 P.3d 627 (Mt. 2017).