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Natural Resources Defense Council v. Costle

Citation: 11 ELR 20202
No. No. 79-2411, (S.D.N.Y., 01/09/1981) Final judgment

The court orders the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to initiate rulemaking proceedings for the testing of priority chemicals, as required under § 4 of the Toxic Substances Control Act. A year ago the court issued partial judgment, 10 ELR 20274, ruling that EPA must submit plans to initiate rulemaking proceedings within 12 months after receiving a list of such chemicals from the federal interagency testing committee. EPA then submitted to the court an expedited schedule for testing the priority chemicals. The court now rules that EPA must initiate rulemaking proceedings at the rate set forth in the expedited schedule or publish in the Federal Register reasons for not initiating such proceedings. Further, EPA is required to file written reports with the court semi-annually for the next three years on the Agency's progress with the testing program.

Counsel for Plaintiff
Edward M. Shaw
522 Fifth Ave., New York NY 10036
(212) 869-8985

Ross Sandler
Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
122 E. 42d St., New York NY 10036
(212) 949-0049

Counsel for Defendants
Gaines Gwathmey III, Ass't U.S. Attorney; Robert B. Fiske Jr., U.S. Attorney
One St. Andrews Plaza, New York NY 10007
(212) 791-0055

Counsel for Intervenor-Defendant Chemical Mfrs. Ass'n
Edward R. Hughes
Richards & O'Neil
645 Madison Ave., New York NY 10022
(212) 759-2020

Edmund B. Frost, David Forsyth Zoll
Chemical Manufacturers Ass'n
1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20009
(202) 328-4200

Peter Barton Hutt, Robert M. Sussman
Covington & Burling
888 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20006
(202) 452-6000

Counsel for Intervenor-Defendant American Petroleum Inst.
Steven B. Rosenfeld, Leslie G. Fagen
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
345 Park Ave., New York NY 10022
(212) 644-8000

Counsel for Intervenor-Defendant Synthetic Organic Chemical
Mfrs. Ass'n
Richard deC Hinds, R. Bruce Dickson, William C. Norman III
Clearly, Glottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
1250 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036
(202) 828-3000