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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

June 2018

Volume 13, Number 5 June 2018


Connecticut Passes New Climate Change Legislation Which Addresses Sea Level Rise and Flooding Scenarios119

News from the West120


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions123



Eighth Circuit finds NPDES Permit Holder Has Standing to Challenge TMDL that Will Inevitably Lead to Imposition of More Stringent Permit Conditions125

Kennett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 887 F.3d 424 (8th Cir. 2018).

Ninth Circuit Holds that Extinction-Level Threat to Listed Species Is Not Required Before an Injunction Can Issue under the Endangered Species


National Wildlife Federation v. National Marine Fisheries Service, ___F.3d___, Case No. 17-35462 (9th Cir. Apr. 2, 2018).

District Court Strikes Down Challenge to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act Enforcement of Effluent Limitations129

Clean Water Action v. Pruitt, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 17-0817 (DLF) (D. D.C. Apr. 18, 2018).

District Court Rejects Exxon Mobile Corporation’s Constitutional Claims against New York and Massachusetts Attorneys’ General131

Exxon Mobil Corporation v. Schneiderman, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 17-CV-2301 (VEC) (S.D. N.Y. Mar. 29, 2018).

District Court Finds California Law Precludes Recovery for Future Remediation Costs in Soil and Groundwater Contamination Case133

Greenfield MHP Associates, L.P. v. Ametek, Inc., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 15-cv-1525 (S.D. Cal. Mar. 16, 2018).

District Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Groundwater Contamination Tort Claims in the Face of

Factual Inquiry for Statute of Limitations


Hicksville Water Dist. v. Phillips Electronics North American Corp., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 2:17-CV-04442 (E.D. N.Y. Mar. 29, 2018).

District Court Denies Water Users’ Request for Relief from Injunction Requiring Increased Flows From Klamath Project137

Hoopa Valley Tribe v. Bureau of Reclamation, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 16-cv-4294 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 30, 2018); Yurok Tribe v. Bureau of Reclamation, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 16-cv-6863 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 30, 2018).

District Court finds TMDLs Setting a Minimum Amount of Pollutant to Be Removed from River Do Not Satisfy the Clean Water Act’s Mandate139

Natural Resources Defense Council v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 16-1861 (D. D.C. Mar. 30, 2018).