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Natural Resources Defense Council v. Gorsuch

Citation: 12 ELR 20570
No. Nos. 2153-73 et al., 17 ERC 2013/(D.D.C., 05/07/1982) Motion to modify settlement denied

The court denies a motion by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to modify a consent decree in proceedings pertaining to the issuance of regulations governing toxic pollutants under § 301 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. It concludes that EPA must be pushed to work harder, considering that the statutory compliance date for the regulations is July 1, 1984. The court orders EPA to file a schedule of suggested dates for proposing and promulgating specified sets of regulations by June 21, 1982. The schedule is to provide for promulgation of previously proposed regulations within 180 days of the court's order and for proposal of additional regulations within 180 days of the order, followed by promulgation within an additional 180 days.

[The court's decision upholding the validity of the consent decree is reported at 12 ELR 20371. EPA's motion to modify the decree is summarized at ELR PEND. LIT. 65742 — ED.]

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Ronald J. Wilson
810 18th St. NW, Washington DC 20006
(202) 628-3160

Counsel for Defendants
Barry Neuman, Donald Stever, Thomas C. Lee
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-4081

Ridgway M. Hall Jr.
Office of the General Counsel
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington DC 20460
(202) 382-4134

Counsel for Intervenors
Robert C. Barnard
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
1250 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036
(202) 828-3000