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Illinois v. Gorsuch

Citation: 12 ELR 20101
No. Nos. 78-1689 et al., 530 F. Supp. 340/16 ERC 2021/(D.D.C., 11/13/1981) Promulgation deadline extended

The court denies the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) request for a two-year extension of time to promulgate hazardous waste land disposal regulations under § 3004 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The court had previously granted EPA four extensions of time but finds a further extension unwarranted. While the regulation of hazardous wastes involves complex technical and policy issues, the court points out that RCRA's requirement that EPA promulgate regulations within 18 months of enactment indicates that Congress did not intend all such issues to be resolved before regulations are issued. The court orders the Administrator to promulgate regulations by February 1, 1982.

Counsel for Plaintiff
Russell R. Eggert, Dean Hansell, Ass't Attorneys General
Environmental Control Division
Suite 2315, 188 W. Randolph, Chicago IL 60601
(312) 793-2491

Khristine L. Hall
Environmental Defense Fund, Inc.
1528 18th St. NW, Washington DC 20036
(202) 833-1484

Bill S. Forcade, Robert Goldsmith
Citizens for a Better Environment
59 E. Van Buren, Suite 2610, Chicago IL 60605
(312) 939-1530

Ellen Weiss
Harmon & Weiss
1725 I St. NW, Washington DC 20006
(202) 833-9070

Counsel for Defendants
Anthony Z. Roisman
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-2600

Lisa K. Friedman, Ass't General Counsel
Environmental Protection Agency
Washington DC 20460
(202) 755-2511

Counsel for Intervenors American Petroleum Institute et al.
Loren K. Olson, John R. Quarles Jr.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
1800 M St. NW, Washington DC 20036
(202) 872-5000