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United States v. District of Columbia

Citation: 11 ELR 20595
No. Nos. 80-1495, -1496, 654 F.2d 802/16 ERC 1804/(D.C. Cir., 06/10/1981)

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirms orders issued by the district court (1) requiring the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to restore deleted budget funds for acquisition of a sludge disposal site in Montgomery County, Maryland and (2) enjoining related state court proceedings impeding compliance with the district court's orders. The court finds first that the orders do not violate the principles of federalism embodied in the Tenth Amendment. They are supported by an overriding federal interest in water pollution control and are necessary to enforce a regional agreement for sewage disposal by which appellant Prince Georges County previously agreed to abide. The court also upholds the injunction against parallel state court proceedings, concluding that it is necessary to protect or effectuate the federal court's orders and thus comes within an exception to the Anti-Injunction Act.

Counsel for Appellant Prince Georges County
Robert B. Ostrom, Cty. Attorney; Richard S. Alper, Robert H. Drummer, Associate Cty. Attorneys
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro MD 20772
(301) 952-4124

Counsel for Appellee State of Maryland
Thomas A. Deming, Ass't Attorney General
Department of Law, One S. Calvert St., Baltimore MD 21202
(301) 383-3737

Counsel for Appellee Wash. Suburban Sanitary Comm'n
John P. Arness, Curtis E. von Kann, Allan D. Windt
Hogan & Hartson
815 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20006
(202) 331-4500

Henderson J. Brown IV
Washington Suburban Sanitary Comm'n
4017 Hamilton St., Hyattsville MD 20781
(301) 699-4729

Counsel for Appellee United States of America
Anne S. Almy, Rosanne Mayer, Patrick J. McCafferty Jr., Donald W. Stever, Angus C. Macbeth; James W. Moorman, Ass't Attorney General
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-4427

Counsel for Appellee Montgomery County
Robert G. Tobin Jr., Deputy Cty. Attorney; Nathan J. Greenbaum, Ass't Cty. Attorney
101 Monroe St., Rockville MD 20850
(301) 251-2600

Before: McGOWAN, TAMM and WALD, Circuit Judges.