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Weekly Cases Update Volume 47, Issue 8

Virginia Electric and Power Co. v. Bransen Energy, Inc.

ELR 20034
16-1254 (4th Cir., March 2017)

The Fourth Circuit upheld over $22 million in damages that an energy company was ordered to pay to a Virginia utility because the coal supplied to a new power plant was of such poor quality it couldn't initially be used. When the plant was commissioned, the utility entered into an option...

Air quality

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

ELR 20035
16-1534 (D.D.C., March 2017)

A district court denied native tribes' request for injunctive relief to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline planned to run under Lake Oahe, due to laches and their unlikelihood of success on the merits. The federal government granted easements to an oil company to build a pipeline through the...

Land Use (generally)

Sierra Club v. Pruitt

ELR 20036
16-2238 (D.D.C., March 2017)

A district court granted EPA's request for an extended deadline to respond to two petitions filed by an environmental group concerning the issuance of two CAA title V operating permits. EPA issued the permits for two coal-fired power plants operating in North Carolina. In June 2016, the...

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Sierra Club v. Pruitt

ELR 20036
16-2238 (D.D.C., March 2017)

A district court granted EPA's request for an extended deadline to respond to two petitions filed by an environmental group concerning the issuance of two CAA title V operating permits. EPA issued the permits for two coal-fired power plants operating in North Carolina. In June 2016, the...

Clean Air Act (CAA)