Tag Archives: US Supreme Court

Climate Change Lawsuit Reaches the US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in an important climate change lawsuit, BP P.L.C. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. The lawsuit pits the Mayor and City of Baltimore against twenty-six multinational oil and gas companies that Baltimore claims are responsible for climate change. Baltimore alleges that the companies contributed to climate change … Continue Reading

Potential Settlement Creates Uncertainty for US Supreme Court Case Regarding Clean Water Act Liability for Indirect Groundwater Discharges

On September 20, 2019, Maui County Council (Council) voted to settle the County’s pending appeal before the US Supreme Court of the Ninth Circuit’s decision in County of Maui v. Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund, et al. As previously reported here, the Ninth Circuit’s ruling held that the eventual migration of pollutants from permitted underground injection wells … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Leaves US EPA’s Mercury Rule in Place During Remand

On December 15, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected challenges by energy industry groups and several states that are seeking to scrap US EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”) final rule.  White Stallion Energy Center, LLC v. EPA, Case No. 12-1100.  The Court remanded the rule to US EPA for … Continue Reading

US Chamber of Commerce Joins House of Representatives in Calls for Greater Regulatory Transparency From EPA

Recently, the US Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) published its report Truth In Regulating: Restoring Transparency to EPA Rulemaking, criticizing EPA for not providing critical details about the regulatory intent and true costs associated with significant Agency rulemakings.  The Chamber report follows on the heels of last week’s passage of H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform … Continue Reading

US Supreme Court Holds that Agencies Are Not Required to Comply With Notice and Comment Requirements When Revising Interpretative Rules

This month, in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association, the US Supreme Court overturned the D.C. Circuit’s Paralyzed Veteran doctrine, rejecting nearly 20 years of precedent requiring federal agencies to abide by notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures when they substantially alter an “interpretive” rule. However, the decision also hints that even broader changes may be afoot.  Writing in … Continue Reading

US EPA Memorandum Withdraws Permitting Requirements For GHG-Only Sources While Confirming 75,000 TPY Threshold For “Anyway” Sources

Last week, the heads of US EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance jointly issued a memorandum to regional administrators clarifying the Agency’s position on permitting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V programs. The memo was issued in response … Continue Reading

US Supreme Court Holds CERCLA Does Not Preempt State Statutes of Repose

The US Supreme Court has again reiterated that the federal Superfund law should be interpreted narrowly and plainly, this time while addressing the statute’s impact on state tort theories arising from releases of hazardous substances.   In CTS Corp. v. Waldburger, the Court held that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) does not preempt … Continue Reading

Impact of U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Reinstate Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

On April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-2 opinion reversing the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and reinstating the U.S. EPA’s promulgation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (“CSAPR”), which regulates the inter-state transport of NOx and SO2 emissions in implementing the “Good Neighbor Provision” in the Clean Air Act.  A centerpiece … Continue Reading

US Allowed to Intervene in Rio Grande Compact Dispute Between Texas and New Mexico

On March 31, the US Supreme Court granted the federal government’s petition to intervene in a dispute between Texas and New Mexico over certain terms of the 1938 Rio Grande Compact (State of Texas v. State of New Mexico et al., Case number 22O141 ORG). As we reported here and here, Texas believes the Compact … Continue Reading

US Supreme Court Advised by Solicitor General to Hear Rio Grande Compact Lawsuit

In the last month of 2013, the US Solicitor General filed a strongly worded brief as amicus curiae expressing the US Government’s view that the Supreme Court should grant the State of Texas’s motion for leave of the Court to file a complaint against the States of New Mexico and Colorado for alleged violations of … Continue Reading

US Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on US EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

On December 10, 2013, the US Supreme Court heard oral argument in consolidated appeals by US EPA and the American Lung Association regarding the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation L. P.   CSAPR is US EPA’s second attempt at developing a rule to address the Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor” … Continue Reading

Florida Pursuing Suit Against Georgia in US Supreme Court for Equitable Apportionment of Interstate Waters

In an effort to address the growing controversy between Florida and Georgia over the waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, Florida has filed a motion for leave to file a bill of complaint with the US Supreme Court under the Court’s original and exclusive jurisdiction to resolve “controversies between two or more states.”  Georgia’s response is due January … Continue Reading

US Supreme Court to Hear Cross State Air Pollution Rule Challenge

The US Supreme Court has decided to hear USEPA’s challenge to the invalidatition of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) by the DC Circuit in EME Homer City Generation L.P., et al, v. EPA.  The CSAPR requires 28 states to reduce power plant emissions that contribute to the “downwind” transport of ozone and fine particulate matter pollution … Continue Reading

US Supreme Court Declines to Hear 9th Circuit Decision Rejecting Greenhouse Gas Tort Litigation

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the 9th Circuit’s decision in Native Village of Kivalina v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 696 F.3d 849 (9th Cir. 2012).  By decling to hear the case, the US Supreme Court leaves another judgment stand which holds that the Clean Air Act preempts greenhouse gas tort claims.  In Kivalina, the Alaskan Village of Kivalina … Continue Reading