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Kilroy v. Quarles

ELR Citation: 10 ELR 20271
Nos. No. 77-3844, 614 F.2d 225/14 ERC 1111/(9th Cir., 02/25/1980) Denial of preliminary injunction aff'd

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirms a lower court's refusal to issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from requiring the city of Los Angeles to undertake a temporary landfill project to dispose of sewage sludge from the Hyperion treatment plant. The court rejects the claim that an injunction is necessary to prevent EPA from illegally avoiding the requirements of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), ruling that the landfill project represents condition in a compliance schedule in the Hyperion plant's national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit and as such is exempt from NEPA under §511(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The court is similarly unpersuaded by the allegation that EPA's inclusion in the permit of a requirement that Los Angeles gradually abandon its practice of discharging sludge into the ocean reflects the adoption of a national policy against ocean disposal which requires preparation of an environmental impact statement.

Counsel for Plaintiffs-Appellants
Robert K. Best
Pacific Legal Foundation
455 Capitol Mall, Suite 465, Sacramento CA 95814
(916) 444-0154

Roger P. Freeman, Deputy City Attorney; Stanley E. Remelmeyer, City Attorney
3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance CA 90503
(213) 328-5310

Counsel for Defendants-Appellees
James W. Moorman, Ass't Attorney General
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-2701

Anthony Gravin, Ass't Regional Counsel
Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX
215 Freemont St., San Francisco CA 94111
(415) 556-2067

Emil Stipanovich, Deputy Attorney General
3580 Wilshire Blvd., Room 800, Los Angeles CA 90010
(213) 736-2304

Before SNEED and TANG, Circuit Judges, and CAMPBELL,* District Judge.