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Weekly Cases Update Volume 47, Issue 18

Murr v. Wisconsin

47 ELR 20082
15–214 (U.S., June 2017)

The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, decided that the owners of a family cottage were not entitled to compensation over development regulations that bar the sale of the family's adjacent lot. The family wanted to sell the lot to finance an upgrade to their cottage, and argued that St. Croix...

Shoreline use

Pa. Envtl. Def. Found. v. Pennsylvania

47 ELR 20081
10 MAP 2015 (Pa. , June 2017)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the legislature’s diversion of oil and gas royalties from public lands to the general fund for non-conservation purposes violated the state constitution. In 1955, the legislature created an oil and gas lease fund, and required all rents and royalties from...


West McDonald Lake Ass'n v. Minn. Dep't of Nat. Res.

47 ELR 20080
A16-1469 (Minn. Ct. App., June 2017)

A Minnesota appeals court held that the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) erred by not obtaining a federal permit for a construction project that affected a lake's water level. Hoffman Lake and West McDonald Lake are separated by a strip of land less than 10 feet wide. In 2015, a...

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Dixon Lumber Co. v. Austinville Limestone Co.

47 ELR 20078
7:16-cv-00130 (W.D. Va., June 2017)

A district court held that a mining company will not face CERCLA liability as a successor to another company because there was no overlap in ownership. The mining company and a lumber company purchased adjacent lots from an industrial company whose subsidiary operated a zinc and lead mine on...

Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)

Hampton Rds. Sanitation Dist. v. Va. Dep't Of Envtl. Quality

47 ELR 20079
0979-16-1 (Va. Ct. App., June 2017)

A Virginia appeals court held that ash from incineration of biosolids at a wastewater treatment plant cannot be used to raise the ground level of a flood-prone agricultural field. In 2008, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) began using the ash to raise the ground level of flood-prone...

Hazardous Substances