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Rapanos Guidance III – "Waters" Revisited

Richard E. Glaze, Jr., Partner, Balch & Bingham, LLP [1] On May 2, 2011, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Army Corps of Engineers[2] issued draft joint guidance[3] for the interpretation of the phrase "waters of the United States" under the Clean...

Marten Law: Supreme Court Preview--Ownership of Navigable Riverways and Due Process Challenge to Enforcement Orders to be Decided in 2011-12 Term

By Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "The U.S. Supreme Court's new term has just begun. There are two environmental cases on the Court's docket," reports Steve Jones. "The first, PPL Montana, LLC v. State of Montana , presents the question of who owns the beds and banks...

High Court Hears Couple's Arguments Challenging Clean Water Act Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A couple told the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 9 that their inability to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency order issued under the Clean Water Act (CWA) violated their due process rights and the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) ( Chantell Sackett, et al. v...

Oral Arguments Held at Supreme Court on Judicial Review of EPA Compliance Order to Restore Wetlands

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A couple told the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 9 that their inability to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency order issued under the Clean Water Act (CWA) violated their due process rights and the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) ( Chantell Sackett, et al. v...

Marten Law on Sackett v. EPA: Closely Watched Sackett Case Argued in U.S. Supreme Court

By Russell Prugh and Adam Orford, Associates, Marten Law PLLC In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Russell Prugh and Adam Orford of Marten Law PLLC review the oral arguments made before the U.S. Supreme Court on January 9, 2012 in Sackett v. EPA . This case, which involves "pre-enforcement review...

High Court Says Couple Can Seek Review Of EPA's Compliance Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 21 unanimously found that an Idaho couple could file a lawsuit challenging a compliance order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act (CWA) because the order was a final agency action that could be...

Steptoe & Johnson: Supreme Court Sides With Landowner In EPA Order Challenge

By Amy M. Smith On March 21, 2012, the United States Supreme Court decided Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency , No. 10-1062 [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court held that individuals may bring a civil action under Chapter 7 of the Administrative Procedure Act...

Supreme Court Holds in Sackett v. EPA That Idaho Couple Can Challenge EPA Wetlands Compliance Order As A Final Agency Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 21 unanimously found that an Idaho couple could file a lawsuit challenging a compliance order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act (CWA) because the order was a final agency action that could be...

LexisNexis® Environmental Law and Climate Change Community Podcast: Brad Marten on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Sackett v. EPA.

On this edition, Brad Marten of Marten Law in Seattle discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Sackett v. EPA . The unanimous high Court found that an Idaho couple could appeal an administrative compliance order issued by the EPA under the Clean Water Act. Mr. Marten explains the background...

Marten Law PLLC Analyzes Chantell Sackett v. EPA: Scalia and Unanimous Supreme Court Uphold Pre-Enforcement Review in Wetlands Case Under Clean Water Act

By Steve Jones, Russell Prugh and Brad Marten of Marten Law PLLC In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Steve Jones, Russell Prugh and Brad Marten of Marten Law PLLC discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Sackett v. EPA, striking down EPA's ban on "pre-enforcement review"...

Sackett v. EPA - Supreme Court Allows Pre-Enforcement Review of Clean Water Act Compliance Orders

By Sedina L. Banks, Attorney, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP On March 21st, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Sackett family has a right to challenge a pre-enforcement compliance order from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before EPA initiates...

Jenner & Block: EPA Issues New NEPA Mapping Tool

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block EPA has issued a new online mapping tool, NEPAssist, to assist federal agencies in evaluating possible NEPA environmental review obligations. NEPAssist is one of five pilot projects selected by the White House Council on Environmental Quality to advance...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Polar Bear and Arctic Wolf Buy Votes in Battle For Presidential Election

ENVIRONMENT: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approves a plan by COLORADO officials to improve the state's air quality. Officials say the plan will cut overall greenhouse gas causing emissions 70,000 tons by 2018 (DENVER POST). • FLORIDA officials formally authorize an $880 million cleanup...

Marten Law: In Second Obama Term, Expect Significant Changes to Energy and Environmental Law

By Marten Law PLLC Excerpt from the Commentary: This Emerging Issues Analysis from Marten Law provides an overview of the major changes to energy and environmental laws that the Obama Administration is expected to advance in the next four years. There is already a backlog of pending legislation...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Senate Passes Water Resources Development Act – Omnibus Water Infrastructure Legislation

SNCJ SPOTLIGHT - STATES CAN ONLY WATCH AS CONGRESS TACKLES MAJOR ISSUES THAT IMPACT THEM Last Wednesday, the Senate endorsed SB 601, the Water Resources Development Act, the first omnibus water infrastructure legislation since 2007. The $12.5 billion bill, dubbed WRDA, would authorize U.S. Army Corps...

Ballard Spahr Legal Alert: Supreme Court Ruling May Lead to More Landowner Challenges of Land Use Regulations, Fees

By the Ballard Spahr LLP Zoning and Land Use Team The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling in a long-running land use case holding that “extortionate demands” by the local government entity constituted illegal interference with a property owner/developer’s right to just...

Jenner & Block: Louisiana Flood Protection Board Sues Energy Companies For Damage To Wetlands

By Allison Torrence , Associate, Jenner & Block On July 24, 2013, the Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Agency – East, sued approximately 100 oil and gas production and pipeline companies in state court. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants have been using...

Walking on Eggshell Skulls: Louisiana's Levees Take on the Oil and Gas Industry Over Coastal Land Degradation

Ground zero for climate change and rising sea levels in the United States is not a status to which any state aspires. Florida distastefully remembers 2005 when 4 hurricanes – Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne - roared ashore, all within six weeks. Delaware worries that 8-11% of the state will...

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Fenster on Land Use Exactions Takings & the Impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District

By Professor Mark Fenster What will be the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District on the regulatory conditions called exactions common to land use regulation? Professor Mark Fenster analyzes the Court's decision, including the...

Wetlands and Agriculture: An Overview of Swampbuster

"Swampbuster." It is a fun word. However, it can cause some not-so-fun repercussions for farmers who violate its rules protecting wetlands. Swampbuster is the term used for the federal law that discourages farmers from altering wetlands by withholding federal farm program benefits from any...

EPA Attempts to Expand its Reach and Re-Define Waters of the United States

After substantial time and review, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers proposed its long-anticipated rule-making establishing a new regulatory definition of the term “waters of the United States.” This definition, if adopted...

House Votes to Thwart USEPA and Army Corps’ ‘Waters of the United States’ Rulemaking

By Abigail Faulkner Jones On September 9, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill introduced in response to the ‘Waters of the United States’ Proposed Rule that was prepared jointly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA...

Congress Tries to Reign in US EPA Rulemaking on Waters of the United States

By Katerina E. Milenkovski On September 9, 2014, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078 , a bill that would prohibit EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing the Waters of the United States rulemaking that was proposed earlier this year. The bill, which was...

Montana Submits Comments on EPA’s Sweeping ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposal

House Speaker, agricultural community, counties, homebuilders voice opposition to proposal Earlier this month, the Montana Attorney General’s Office submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding proposed rules that would dramatically...