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Clean Wisconsin, Inc. v. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Wisconsin Supreme Court held, 4-2, that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) had the explicit authority to impose an animal unit maximum condition and an off-site groundwater monitoring condition on a Wisconsin...

Conservation Law Foundation v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

The First Circuit vacated a district court order staying a CWA and RCRA citizen suit brought against an oil company. An environmental group argued, among other things, that the company had violated CWA and RCRA by failing to account for...

Prairie Rivers Network v. Dynegy Midwest Generation, LLC

The Seventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a CWA citizen suit brought against the owner of a coal-fired power plant in Illinois. An environmental group argued the owner violated the CWA by discharging coal ash pollutants from its plant...

Trout Unlimited v. Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp.

The Ninth Circuit, 2-1, affirmed in part and reversed in part dismissal of a challenge to EPA's withdrawal of a previously proposed determination restricting mining operations in part of southwest Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed. A...

Okanogan Highlands Alliance v. Crown Resources Corp.

A district court granted partial summary judgment in a CWA citizen suit brought against the owner of a mine in Washington. The state of Washington and an environmental group argued the mine owner had violated various terms of its NPDES...

Idaho Conservation League v. Poe

A district court granted a conservation group's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit concerning a California resident's recreational gold mining in a river in Idaho. The group argued the defendant violated the CWA by suction dredge...

Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

In an unpublished opinion, the Fourth Circuit upheld the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to grant Maryland a CWA §404 permit for a mass transportation project. An environmental group and state residents argued that the Corps granted...

Rio Hondo Land & Cattle Co., L.P. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

The Tenth Circuit denied a company's petition to review an Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) decision denying its petition to review a 2017 permit issued by EPA to an upstream wastewater treatment plant. In its petition, the company...

Navajo Nation v. U.S. Department of the Interior

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court's dismissal of a Native American tribe's breach of trust claim in a lawsuit concerning water rights to the Colorado River. The tribe initially sued DOI, arguing the Department violated NEPA...

The Blackstone Headwaters Coalition, Inc. v. Gallo Builders, Inc.

The First Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a ruling in a CWA citizen suit brought against developers of a construction site in Worcester, Massachusetts. An environmental group argued that one developer violated the CWA by...

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