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American Ass'n of Meat Processors v. Costle

Citation: 7 ELR 20517
No. No. 77-1260, 556 F.2d 875/10 ERC 1287/(8th Cir., 06/07/1977)

The court grants a motion to dismiss a challenge to point source effluent guidelines for the meat product industry. The court finds that the requirement in § 509(b) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for petitions to be submitted within 90 days after promulgation of guidelines can only be waived if the petition is based on grounds arising after that period. The court holds that this exception to the statute of limitations was meant to cover challenges based on newly available scientific information rather than delays resulting from legal uncertainties over the proper forum for judicial review. While equitable considerations might require tolling of the 90-day period, petitioners' failure to file any petition within the period outweighs any prejudice caused by the uncertainty.

Counsel for Petitioners
John J. Faust
706 Chestnut St., St. Louis MO 63101
(314) 241-8907

Richard D. Siegel
Braude, Margulies & Sacks
Suite 770, 1775 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington DC 20006
(202) 293-2993

Counsel for Respondents
Alfred T. Ghiorzi, Lloyd S. Guerci
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 739-2717

James A. Rodgers
Office of General Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency
401 M St., SW, Washington DC 20460
(202) 755-2511

Lay, Ross, and Webster, JJ.