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PacifiCorp Environmental Remediation Co. v. Washington State Department of Transportation

A Washington appellate court affirmed a lower court decision holding the state transportation agency liable to two utilities for contribution costs incurred at the Thea Foss Waterway, a Superfund site, under the state's Model Toxics...

Hulbert v. Port of Everett

A Washington appellate court held that the former owners of contaminated property may be held liable under the state's Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). Fifteen years after the former owner sold the property to a port, the port...

Washington v. Chu

The Ninth Circuit held that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) violated the Washington state Hazardous Waste Management Act (HWMA) in its management of mixed radioactive and hazardous waste, commonly known as TRUM, at the Hanford...

Residents Opposed to Kittias Turbines v. State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council

The Supreme Court of Washington upheld the governor's approval of a wind energy project that had been rejected by the county in which the wind turbines will be placed. The Washington Energy Facilities Site Locations Act authorizes the...

United States v. Manning

The Ninth Circuit held that federal law preempts Washington State's Cleanup Priority Act, a statute enacted through the passage of a voter initiative. The Act was intended to "prevent the addition of new radioactive and hazardous waste...

In re Hanford Nuclear Reservation Litig.

The Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part lower court rulings in an action initially brought by over 2,000 residents against the operators of the Hanford Nuclear Weapons Reservation in southeastern Washington claiming that...

Olympic Pipe Line Co. v. Seattle, City of

The court holds that the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 preempts a city's regulatory efforts to provide safety oversight of a hazardous liquid pipeline within city boundaries. After a section of a hazardous liquid pipeline...

State v. Abraham

A district court granted the state of Washington's motion for partial summary judgment on its claim that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) violated the Washington State Hazardous Waste Management Act (HWMA) when it decided to ship...

Quinault Indian Nation v. Grays Harbor County

The court reverses a district court decision holding that a Washington county tax imposed against a Native American tribe after it transferred forest land to the United States to hold in trust for the tribe was a permissible taxation of...

Rios v. Washington Dep't of Labor & Indus.

The court affirms in part and reverses in part an appellate court decision holding that the Washington Department of Labor and Industries violated a statutory duty to promulgate a rule requiring mandatory blood testing for agricultural...