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Environmental Defense Fund v. Gorsuch

Citation: 12 ELR 20376
No. Nos. 81-2083, -2269, 17 ERC 1099/(D.D.C., 02/12/1982)

The court holds that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the clear directive of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to promulgate a revised national contingency plan (NCP) and emergency response guidelines within specific deadlines. It finds that interim Agency response efforts in the absence of the plan and guidelines do not satisfy the statutory mandate. The court grants plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and orders EPA to propose revisions to the NCP within 30 days and republish the revised plan along with emergency response guidelines within 90 days.

[The pleadings in this case are summarized at ELR PEND. LIT. 65712 & 65730 — Ed.]

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Khristine L. Hall, David J. Lennett
Environmental Defense Fund, Inc.
1525 18th St. NW, Washington DC 20036
(202) 833-1484

Counsel for Defendants
David O. Ledbetter
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-4450

Lee C. Schroer
Office of the General Counsel
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington DC 20460
(202) 382-4134