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  • Environmental: Immunosuppressed Plaintiff Permitted To Challenge Proposed Biorefinery

    Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    Facts: Plaintiff Larry Klein lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where he suffers from a compromised immune system. Soon, a facility that transforms wood chips into ethanol will open near Klein's home. Klein sued the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which both approved the proposed "biorefinery" and awarded a $100 million grant to Frontier Renewable Resources, LLC ( [...] Read More



  • Environmental: Power Company's 'Cooling Pond' Protected By Clean Water Act

    Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    Facts: Several conservation groups sued Duke Energy Progress, Inc. (Duke Energy) after the power company discharged pollutants from its coal ash lagoons into Sutton Lake, near coastal North Carolina. North Carolina authorized the formation of Sutton Lake in 1971, so that Duke Energy's predecessor could dam Catfish Creek and use the resulting lake for cooling. Sutton Lake has always [...] Read More



  • Agriculture / Nuisance: Right To Farm Act May Not Shield Farm With Inadequate Drainage System

    Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    Facts: In January 2010, an $8-million California home flooded, and the water brought with it mud, twigs, and lemons. The property was downslope from a 4-acre lemon grove planted in the early 1980s. Although the lemon grove was owned by the Fowler Revocable Living Trust (Fowler), it was managed by a professional citrus grove company. In the 1990s, that company installed a drainage [...] Read More



  • Zoning: CT Town Ordinance Appeals Must Allege Error--And Be Submitted Within 30 Days

    Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    Facts: The Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Darien, Connecticut (the Board) issued zoning and building permits to James and Janeen Eckert in March 2010. Notice of these permits appeared in the local newspaper. The Eckerts' property abuts Long Island Sound, and the permits allowed the Eckerts to renovate an existing home, build an addition, and build a new garage. In September [...] Read More



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