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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

May 2019

Volume 14, Number 4 May 2019




The ‘New’ Problem of Fire Suppression and the Inverse Correlation to Wet Winters94

News from the West95


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions99



U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Intersection of Federally Reserved Water Rights, National Alaska Lands Act and Scope of Park Service’s Authority over Alaska’s Nation River102

Sturgeon v. Frost, et al., ___U.S.___, 139 S. Ct. 1066 (U.S. Mar 26, 2019).

Seventh Circuit Joins Others in Holding RCRA Does Not Require Showing of Imminent Harm to Obtain Injunctive Relief104

Liebhart v. SPX Corp., ___F.3d___, Case No. 18-2598 (7th Cir. Mar. 6, 2019).

Fifth Circuit Declares Certain EPA ‘BAT’ Wastewater Limitation Guidelines for Fossil Fuel Electric Plants to Be Unlawful107

Southwestern Electric Power Co. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 15- 60821 (5th Cir. Apr. 12, 2019).

District Court Rules EPA Acted Arbitrarily in Refusing to Regulate Certain Stormwater Discharges109

Blue Water Baltimore, Inc. v. Wheeler, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. GLR-17-1253 (D. Md. Mar. 22, 2019).

District Court Addresses Motions to Dismiss and Stay in Case with Pollutant Discharges into the

Tennessee River111

King v. West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 5:17-CV-01833 (N.D. Ala. Mar. 13, 2019).

District Court Denies States’ Request for Preliminary Injunction in Challenge to Clean Water


Ohio v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 2:15-CV-2467 (S.D. Ohio Mar. 26, 2019).