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Citizen suits, §7002

In re Taylor

A federal bankruptcy court issued a supplementary opinion to clarify its prior ruling that environmental groups' claims for declaratory and injunctive relief under the CWA and RCRA would not be "debts" as defined by the Bankruptcy Code...

LAJIM, LLC v. General Electric Co.

A district court held that RCRA gives it the authority to grant a golf course's request for mandatory injunctive relief against a company to stop further contamination and to remediate past contamination, even though the company has...

Northern Illinois Gas Co. v. City of Evanston

A district court dismissed a city's RCRA action against two power and gas companies concerning a methane gas leak from natural gas pipelines and waste oil contamination from a former manufacturing gas plant. Because methane gas does not...

Warren v. Matthey, Inc.

A district court dismissed homeowners' CERCLA, RCRA, and state-law claims against the former owners and operators of a manufacturing plant for alleged well-water contamination. The court dismissed the CERCLA claims because the...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Forest Service

The Ninth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, held that environmental groups have standing to bring a RCRA citizen suit against the U.S. Forest Service for failing to regulate the disposal of spent lead ammunition in the Kaibab National...

North Carolina Environmental Justice Network v. Taylor

A district court denied a swine farm's motion to strike an environmental group's request for a jury trial in their CWA and RCRA citizen suit. The group's citizen suit alleged that the farm illegally dumped swine waste onto surrounding...

Trinity Industries, Inc. v. Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.

The Third Circuit held that a PRP that entered into a consent decree resolving its state-law liability with the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in connection with contamination at an industrial facility may seek contribution under CERCLA...

Clean Harbors, Inc. v. CBS Corp.

A district court dismissed a landfill owner's RCRA action in which it sought an injunction requiring the former owner to perform certain remedial and investigative actions at the site. EPA issued the former owner a RCRA cleanup order...

Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice v. Union Pacific Corp.

A district court dismissed environmental groups' complaint against two railroad companies alleging that diesel particulate matter (DPM) emitted by diesel-engine locomotives, trucks, and other equipment has caused and is causing an...

Town & Country Co-op, Inc. v. Akron Products Co.

A district court held that a company may go forward with its RCRA claim against the former owner, but not the current owner, of adjacent property for groundwater contamination. The complaint contains sufficient factual allegations...

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