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J-J BAKD v. Utah Power & Light Co.

ELR Citation: 13 ELR 20199
Nos. No. C-82-0497-J, (D. Utah, 11/22/1982)

The court holds that its has no jurisdiction pursuant to the citizen suit provision of the Clean Air Act, §304(a)(2), to compel the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to commence a §113 enforcement action against a source that is allegedly in violation of the state implementation plan (SIP). The finding of a violation followed by a notice of violation are required before EPA must take an enforcement action and in this case EPA had done neither. The court finds that the Clean Air Act does not impose a non-discretionary duty on EPA to bring an enforcement action when merely presented with information suggesting a SIP violation.

Counsel for Plaintiff
George McMillan, James A. Holtkamp
Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy
P.O. Box 3400, Salt Lake City UT 84110
(801) 532-3333

Counsel for Defendants
Stephen B. Nebeker, A. Robert Thorup
Ray, Quinney & Nebeker
400 Desert Bldg., Salt Lake City UT 84111
(801) 532-1500

Robert Gordon, Samuel F. Chamberlain, Ralph L. Jerman
Utah Power & Light Co., P.O. Box 899, Salt Lake City UT 84110
(801) 350-3535

Fred G. Nelson, Ass't Attorney General
115 State Capitol, Salt Lake City UT 84114
(801) 533-6684

Michael W. Steinberg
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-4112

Joseph Anderson, Ass't U.S. Attorney
200 P.O. & Cthse., 350 S. Main St., Salt Lake City UT 84101
(801) 524-5682