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The Biggest Environmental Rulings Of 2017

Law360, New York (December 15, 2017, 6:07 PM EST) -- Courts answered several important environmental law questions in 2017, including how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may regulate recycling and hydrofluorocarbons, and how the effects of greenhouse gases must be factored into project analyses.

Here are the biggest rulings in environmental cases from 2017.

'Sham Recycling' Rule Trimmed

In July, the D.C. Circuit struck down portions of the EPA's regulatory definition of solid waste that were challenged by industry groups but left the rest of the rule intact.

The EPA had touted its 2015 rule as...
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Case Title

American Petroleum Institute v. EPA


Case Number

09-1038

Court

Appellate - DC Circuit

Nature of Suit

Date Filed

January 27, 2009


Case Title

Waterkeeper Alliance v. EPA


Case Number

09-1017

Court

Appellate - DC Circuit

Nature of Suit

Date Filed

January 15, 2009


Case Title

Mexichem Fluor, Inc. v. EPA


Case Number

15-1328

Court

Appellate - DC Circuit

Nature of Suit

Date Filed

September 17, 2015


Case Title

WildEarth Guardians, et al v. BLM


Case Number

15-8109

Court

Appellate - 10th Circuit

Nature of Suit

2893 Environmental Matters

Date Filed

October 9, 2015


Case Title

Beatrice Boler, et al v. Darnell Earley, et al


Case Number

16-1684

Court

Appellate - 6th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3440 Civil Rights: Other

Date Filed

May 26, 2016


Case Title

Sierra Club, et al v. FERC


Case Number

16-1329

Court

Appellate - DC Circuit

Nature of Suit

Date Filed

September 21, 2016


Case Title

Murray Energy Corporation v. EPA


Case Number

16-2432

Court

Appellate - 4th Circuit

Nature of Suit

2893 Environmental Matters

Date Filed

December 21, 2016


Case Title

Melisa Mays, et al v. Rick Snyder, et al


Case Number

17-1144

Court

Appellate - 6th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3440 Civil Rights: Other

Date Filed

February 7, 2017

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