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 … Continue Reading
In a split decision, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday June 23rd that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) does not have authority under the federal Clean Air Act to require major source permits based solely on emissions of greenhouse gases. Specifically, the Court said that the agency may not treat greenhouse gases … Continue Reading
By Adam Silverman Several recent developments in air regulations are likely to impact regional, national and international air pollution policy. In part I of our Air Update we address several Clean Air Act topics: The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issues two important Clean Air Act opinions, one clarifying a recent decision to uphold revisions … Continue Reading
This week, the Supreme Court decided Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, No. 11-626 (U.S. Jan. 15, 2013), holding that a floating house is not a “vessel” subject to federal admiralty jurisdiction. That ruling resolves a split in the circuits with implications for regulation of and litigation involving casinos, hotels, restaurants, and similar structures. Kerri … Continue Reading
In AEP v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court finds that the Clean Air Act displaces any right to bring a public nuisance claim against power plants for their alleged contribution to climate change.
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Supreme Court to consider whether state attorneys general or environmental groups may sue owners of fossil-fuel-fired power plants under the federal common law of public nuisance for the plants' alleged contribution to climate change.
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