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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

FMC Corp. v. Shosone-Bannock Tribes

A district court held that a tribal appellate court had the authority to impose permit fees on an operator of a phosphorus production plant. The plant sits on 1,450 acres of land lying mostly within Shoshone-Bannock Fort Hall...

United States v. Spatig

The Ninth Circuit held that a trial court did not err in not allowing evidence of the defendant's diminished mental capacity in a case involving a criminal conviction under RCRA. The defendant was sentenced to 46 months in prison for...

Lajim, LLC v. Gen . Electric Co.

A district court ruled that a manufacturing company will not be required to conduct further investigation of contamination that is already subject to a remediation agreement. In 2010, a consent agreement between the manufacturing...

American Petroleum Institute v. EPA

The D.C. Circuit held that EPA's verified recycler exclusion under RCRA was unreasonable. In 2015, EPA issued a final rule rule governing when certain hazardous materials qualify as “discarded,” subjecting them to the Agency's authority...

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...

Krause v. Omaha, City of

The Eighth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, upheld the dismissal of an individual's RCRA lawsuit against a city for using road salt to melt snow and ice on a street located within a flood plain. Because the road salt was released...

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...