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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

Premiere Associates, Inc. v. EXL Polymers, Inc.

The Eleventh Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, held that recycled carpet waste, known as carpet selvedge, is a "recovered material" that has the potential for reuse and not a solid waste under RCRA or Georgia law. Accordingly, a...

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...

Southern Union Co. v. United States

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned an $18 million fine imposed against a pipeline operator for storing liquid mercury at one of its facilities without a permit in violation of RCRA. In Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466,...

American Petroleum Institute v. Environmental Protection Agency,

The D.C. Circuit held unripe an oil and natural gas association's petition for review challenging a 2008 EPA regulation deregulating many hazardous secondary materials under RCRA. The association argued that EPA erred in not...

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...

Litgo New Jersey, Inc. v. Martin

A district court held that a property owner is not entitled to attorney fees from the U.S. government in an underlying case in which the government was found liable under RCRA for trichloroethylene contamination at the site. The lower...

Gregory Village Partners, L.P. v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

A district court held that a property owner may go forward with its RCRA claims against neighboring property owners for groundwater and soil contamination, but it dismissed the owner's CERCLA claim against a water district that...

Tilot Oil, LLC v. BP Products North America, Inc.,

A district court dismissed a property owner's RCRA claim against an oil company for benzene contamination present in the basement of one of his buildings. The evidence fails to establish that there may be an imminent and substantial...

Newark Group, Inc. v. Dopaco, Inc.

A district court held that a property owner may go forward with its RCRA claims against a former tenant that stored toluene in a building on the site. The owner demolished all but the basement floor of the building. High...