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Dayton Power & Light Co. v. EPA

Citation: 5 ELR 20415
No. Nos. 74-2297 et al., 520 F.2d 703/7 ERC 2002/(6th Cir., 06/16/1975)

In response to various motions to transfer six consolidated petitions for review of the EPA regulations which prohibit significant deterioration of air quality in areas where it exceeds national standards, the court holds that the D.C. Circuit is the "appropriate circuit" to decide these review petitions, under § 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act. The regulations in question are the product of a unitary rule-making proceeding, are national in scope, and apply uniformly throughout the country. Moreover, they appear to raise no questions of law or fact which will vary from one jurisdiction to another, multiple reviews might result in inconsistent decisions, and, since their promulgation was mandated by the D.C. Circuit, that court is in the best position to determine whether its order has been followed. As there is only one appropriate circuit, 28 U.S.C. § 2112(a) has no application here. Mandamus petition to require EPA to file administrative record in this court denied; motion to transfer Ninth Circuit cases back to Ninth Circuit denied; motions to transfer cases to D.C. Circuit granted; all six cases ordered transferred to D.C. Circuit. Costs taxed against petitioners.

Counsel for Petitioner Buckeye Power
Leslie Henry
Wilson W. Snyder
Fuller, Henry, Hodge & Snyder
Edison Plaza
420 Madison Ave.
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Counsel for Petitioner Dayton Power and Light Co.
Harry H. Voigt
H. V. Nickel
Eugene R. Fidell
LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae
1757 N St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Counsel for Petitioner American Petroleum Institute
Charles D. Lindberg
Robert G. Stachler
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister
Dixie Terminal Bldg.
49 E. 4th St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

John J. Adams
Alison K. Schuler
Hunton, Williams, Gay & Gibson
1730 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

Counsel for Petitioner Alabama Power Company
S. Eason Balch
Robert A. Buettner
John P. Scott
Balch, Bingham, Baker, Hawthorne, Williams & Ward
600 18th St., N.
Birmingham, Ala. 35203

Counsel for Petitioner Kennecott Copper Co.
Alfred V. J. Prather
William Doolittle
Prather, Levenberg, Seeger, Doolittle, Farmer & Ewing
1101 16th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036.

Counsel for Petitioner Montana Power Co.
Francis M. Shea
Richard T. Conway
David Booth Biers
James R. Bieke
Shea & Gardner
734 15th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

Counsel for Petitioner Mead Corporation
Robert H. Maynard
Smith & Schnacke
118 W. First St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402

Counsel for Intervenor Salt River Project
John L. Kyle
111 W. Monroe
Phoenix, Ariz. 85003

Bruce Norton
Snell & Wilmer
3100 Valley Center
Phoenix, Ariz. 85073

Counsel for Intervenor State of Nevada
Matthew H. Feiertag Deputy Attorney General
Supreme Court Bldg.
Carson City, Nev. 89701

Counsel for Petitioner Sierra Club
Bruce J. Terris
Natalie Black
1908 Sunderland Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

John D. Hoffman
Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund
311 California St.
Suite 311
San Francisco, Cal. 94104

H. Anthony Ruckel
Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund
530 Majestic Bldg.
209 16th St.
Denver, Colo. 80202

Counsel for Respondent Environmental Protection Agency
Edmund B. Clark
Erica Dolgin
Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530

Richard J. Denney, Jr.
Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460