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Atlantic States Legal Found. v. EPA

ELR Citation: 33 ELR 20173
Nos. Nos. 99-1409, -1414, (D.C. Cir., 04/11/2003)

The court holds that environmental groups' claim that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) by promulgating regulations allowing electric, telephone, and natural gas utilities in New York to accumulate hazardous waste at utility-owned central collection facilities without obtaining a permit is not ripe for judicial review. New York must adopt the regulations for them to take effect, and the state may modify the regulations. Likewise, if New York does modify the regulations, EPA may be required to act to approve any significant changes. Thus, EPA agency action may not be final.

Counsel for Petitioners
Paul J. Hirsch
Allen, Lippes & Shonn
1260 Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY 14209
(716) 884-4800

Counsel for Respondents
Norman L. Rave Jr.
Environment and Natural Resources Division
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 514-2000