As noted previously, the Ninth Circuit found, in Arizona v. City of Tucson, 761 F.3d 1005 (9th Cir. 2014), that state government agencies are not afforded the same level of deference as EPA on the question of whether a CERCLA consent decree is fair, reasonable and consistent with CERCLA. Arizona filed a petition for writ of certiori, and 10 states filed an amicus brief in support. Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied Arizona’s petition for cert. For an in-depth analysis of the Ninth Circuit decision and its implications, please review my recent column for the Pennsylvania Law Weekly.