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National Envtl. Found. v. ABC Rail Corp.

ELR Citation: 21 ELR 20800
Nos. No. 90-7214, 926 F.2d 1096/32 ERC 1886/(11th Cir., 03/19/1991)

The court holds that the 60-day notice requirement for citizen suits under §505(b) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act is mandatory. An environmental organization gave an industrial polluter only one day notice of intent to sue for violations of its national pollutant discharge elimination system permit. Citing the U.S. Supreme Court's 1989 decision in Hallstrom v. Tillamook County, 20 ELR 20193, the court held that no action may be commenced until 60 days after the plaintiff has given notice. The court also holds that an exemption from the 60-day notice requirement for suits challenging Environmental Protection Agency determinations of toxic waste standards is not applicable in an action against a private polluter.

Counsel for Appellant
Edwin Yates
453 S. Hull St., Montgomery AL 36104
(205) 264-0182

Counsel for Appellee
Helen Currie Foster
Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal
P.O. Box 830612, Birmingham AL 35283-0612
(205) 252-8800

Carolyn Harvey, Junius McElveen Jr.
Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue
1450 G St. NW, Washington DC 20005
(202) 879-5407

Before POWELL*, Associate Justice (Retired), United States Supreme Court, TJOFLAT, Chief Judge, and ANDERSON, Circuit Judge.