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Weekly Cases Update Volume 48, Issue 5

Connecticut v. Pruitt

48 ELR 20015
3:17-cv-00796 (D. Conn., February 2018)

A district court held that EPA failed to act when it did not rule within 60 days on Connecticut's petition concerning upwind pollution. In June 2016, Connecticut filed a petition pursuant to §126(b) of the CAA for EPA to make a finding that Brunner Island is emitting air pollutants that...

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Coppola v. Smith

48 ELR 20017
1:11-CV-1257 (E.D. Cal., February 2018)

A district court held that a California city does not have to pay a settlement to a dry cleaner for chemical contamination near his property per a condition of their settlement agreement. After discovering a perchloroethylene (PCE) contamination plume in downtown Visalia, California, the...

Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)

Hawaii Wildlife Fund v. Maui, City of

48 ELR 20016
15-17447 (9th Cir., February 2018)

The Ninth Circuit held that Maui County is liable for illegally discharging treated wastewater that seeped through groundwater into the Pacific Ocean. The County owns and operates four wells at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility (“LWRF”), the principal municipal wastewater treatment...

Clean Water Act (CWA)