DTSC Lists First Three Draft Priority Products Pursuant to Safer Consumer Products Regulations

Posted by in Green Chemistry on September 4, 2014

By Mary E. Wilke In August 2013, after five years of joint effort among manufacturers, consumers, environmentalists, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the Safer Consumer Products regulations (Regulations), previously known as the Green Chemistry Initiative regulations, were approved by the California Office of Administrative Law and went into effect on October 1,…
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Ninth Circuit Holds That Expert Opinion Regarding Source Of Perchlorate Passes Daubert Test, Reinstates Expert Testimony; Upholds Denial Of Defendant’s Summary Judgment Motion On Statute Of Limitations And “Economic Loss Rule” Issues

Posted by in Environmental Litigation on August 12, 2014

August 12, 2014 By Michael Einhorn The Ninth Circuit issued an opinion on May 2, 2014 reversing the district court for the Central District of California regarding the admissibility of the opinion offered by the plaintiff’s expert regarding the source of perchlorate contamination in groundwater, but upholding the district court’s denial of defendant’s motion for…
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Ninth Circuit Holds District Courts Must Engage In An Independent Substantive Evaluation Of CERCLA Consent Decrees And May Not Afford A State Agency The Same Level Of Deference As EPA

Posted by in CERCLA on August 8, 2014

Nancy Wilms, Esq. and Michael Einhorn, Esq. In State of Arizona v. Raytheon Co.. et al., Case No. 12-15691, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 14993 (9th Cir. Aug. 1, 2014), the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed the requirement that district courts engage in meaningful substantive review of consent decrees under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act…
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District Court Holds that Prior CERCLA § 107(a) Cost Recovery Action Against a Party Limits the Party to § 113(f)(1) Contribution Claim in Subsequent Action

Posted by in CERCLA, Cost Recovery, Environmental Litigation on March 12, 2014

The District Court for the Central District of California recently held in an unpublished opinion that a party cannot bring a CERCLA § 107(a) cost recovery action for response costs which relate to a common liability shared with an earlier § 107(a) action against that party.  Instead, the party can only pursue a § 113(f)…
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California Governor Signs Bill To Limit Certain Prop. 65 Lawsuits

Posted by in Emerging Issues, Environmental Litigation on October 10, 2013

By Michael Einhorn and Nancy Wilms Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill 227 (Gatto) to provide a two-week grace period to address certain alleged violations of failure-to-warn requirements under Proposition 65. In addition to the previously required “60-day” notice, AB 227 mandates that a potential Prop. 65 plaintiff first provide certain potential…
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Supreme Court Finds Federal Law Preempts Agreements Between Trucking Companies and the Port of Los Angeles

Posted by in Environmental Litigation on October 8, 2013

On June 13, 2013, in American Trucking Ass’n, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles, the United States Supreme Court held that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (FAAAA) expressly preempts certain provisions of a  concession agreement (Agreement) that the Port of Los Angeles (Port) requires short-haul (drayage) trucking companies to enter.  The preempted…
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Ninth Circuit Court Holds that Clean Water Act does not Bar Citizen Suit where State had not Commenced an Action “to Require Compliance” with a NPDES Permit

Posted by in Administrative Law, Clean Water Act, Environmental Litigation, Stormwater on August 12, 2013

By Michael Einhorn and Nancy Wilms In California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. Chico Scrap Metal, Inc., Case No. 11-16959 (9th Cir. July 22, 2013), plaintiff California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (“Plaintiff”) alleged that defendants Chico Scrap Metal and its owners (“Defendants”) violated California’s Industrial Activities Storm Water General Permit, a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”)…
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Ninth Circuit Holds Wood Preservative from Utility Poles Discharged into the Environment does not Violate the Clean Water Act or RCRA

Posted by in Clean Water Act, Emerging Issues, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Stormwater on July 1, 2013

Nancy Wilms and Michael Einhorn In Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, 713 F.3d 502 (9th Cir. April 3, 2013), the Ninth Circuit panel affirmed the dismissal of a citizen suit alleging utility poles discharged wood preservative containing pentachlorophenol (“PCP”) into the environment in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act…
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Deferred EIR Mitigation Measure Satisfies CEQA

Posted by in CEQA, Environmental Litigation on June 26, 2013

The California Court of Appeals held that an environmental impact report (“EIR”) which identified landscaping as a mitigation measure to the project’s visual impact satisfied the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).  The Court found that the EIR did not need to set forth the specific landscaping plan that would mitigate the impact.  Instead, the details…
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EPA Releases Draft Vapor Intrusion Guidance

Posted by in Due Diligence, Environmental Legislation and Regulation on May 15, 2013

On April 11, 2013, the EPA released draft final vapor intrusion guidance (“Guidance”) for assessing and mitigating vapor intrusion pathways from subsurface sources to indoor air.  The Guidance presents EPA’s current recommendations for identifying and considering key factors when assessing vapor intrusion, making risk management decisions, and implementing mitigation measures pertaining to this potential human…
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