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Bohmker v. Oregon

A district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by individual miners and various mining groups, associations, and businesses challenging an Oregon law that temporarily bans instream motorized mining to protect water quality and fish...

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers v. O'Keeffe

A district court upheld Oregon's clean fuels program, which seeks to reduce lifecycle emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from transportation fuels by 10% over a 10-year period. Trade associations argued that the program was...

Northwest Environmental Advocates v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

A district court held that EPA violated the CWA when it failed to review Oregon's nonpoint source rules. The nonpoint source provisions create exemptions for many sources of pollution in Oregon's waters, including agriculture,...

Citizens for Constitutional Fairness v. Jackson County

The Ninth Circuit held that a 2007 voter-approved initiative that overturned a 2004 initiative giving property owners relief from development restrictions under Oregon land-use laws, or payment for the lost value of their land, did not...

Klamath Irrigation Dist. v. United States

The Oregon Supreme Court answered three certified questions from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals relating to whether plaintiffs, farmers and irrigation districts that use water from a federal reclamation project in the Klamath...

Precision Castparts Corp. v. Hartford Accident & Indem. Co.

A district court held that under Oregon law, a pollution exclusion clause bars coverage for unintended water contamination stemming from a company's intentional discharge of thorium into a city sewer system. The company thought that...

United States v. Braren

The court dismisses on ripeness grounds U.S. and Native American tribes' request to clarify the nature and scope of tribal water rights in Oregon’s Klamath Basin and to assess the water rights standard set forth in a state...

AGG Enters. v. Washington County

The court holds that garbage mixed with recyclables is not "property" and, thus, Oregon State county and city trash hauling regulations are not preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorizing Act (FAAAA). The lower court...

Environmental Quality Comm'n v. Coos Bay, City of

The court reverses a portion of a state environmental agency order that imposed a civil penalty against a city for discharging sewage sludge without a permit in violation of an Oregon statute. The city was granted a national pollutant...

A.G.G. Enters., Inc. v. Washington County, Or.

The court holds that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (FAAAA) preempts an Oregon county's and city's solid waste collection, storage, transport, and disposal ordinances. The ordinances require anyone transporting...