In July of 2017, several California cities and counties lodged suits against dozens of oil, gas, and coal companies in California State Court over their alleged role in contributing to climate change-related damages across the state. The counties of Marin and San Mateo, along with the city of Imperial Beach, filed lawsuits alleging that several companies, including BP p.l.c., Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips Co., and Exxon Mobil Corp., “have promoted and […]
Category: Environmental Law
On Sept. 12, 2018, the Fourth Circuit released a decision in Sierra Club v. Virginia Electric & Power Co. (Dominion Energy Inc.). This important decision resulted in a split in the Fourth Circuit, as well as further exacerbating a split in the circuits regarding the interpretation of the term “point-source” and the way in which groundwater is regulated by the Clean Water Act as a conduit for pollutants to enter […]
California, Illinois, Maryland, and 5 other States File Suit against EPA over Failure to Implement Landfill Emission Regulations.
On May 31st, 2018 the states of California, Illinois, and Maryland, along with 5 other states, filed suit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Plaintiffs allege that, in failing to enforce Obama-era regulations concerning emissions from landfills, EPA has violated the federal Clean Air Act (CAA). The rules in question are the “Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills” and the “2016 Standards of Performance […]
On October 9th, 2018 the United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to reverse the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to vacate a rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) forcing companies that use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in products like spray cans and refrigerators to swap them out for an EPA-approved alternative. While he was not part of the Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari, newly-appointed Justice […]