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Weekly Cases Update Volume 47, Issue 15

AES P.R., LP v. Trujillo-Panisse

47 ELR 20070
16-2052 (1st Cir., May 2017)

The First Circuit struck down two Puerto Rican municipalities' ban of the disposal of coal ash at landfills within their borders. In 2015, Puerto Rico's Environmental Quality Board (EQB) approved a request from two landfills to receive coal ash from a coal-fired energy plant. Two years prior,...

Hazardous Substances

Heartland Catfish Co. v. Navigators Specialty Ins. Co.

47 ELR 20069
15-cv-00368 (S.D. Ala. , May 2017)

A district court held that an insurer is not liable for damages in connection with environmental cleanup costs stemming from a biofuel firm's recycling of catfish and other oils. The biofuel firm entered into a fat, oil, and grease recycling agreement (FOG) with a catfish company and rented...

Hazardous Substances

Freeman v. Grain Processing Corp.

47 ELR 20071
15-1942 (Iowa, May 2017)

The Iowa Supreme Court held that neighbors of an Iowa corn processing plant were properly certified as a class to pursue pollution claims against the operator. The neighbors filed a suit under state nuisance, trespass, and negligence law, claiming air pollution from the plant interfered with the...

Air quality