Description: Action to compel EPA to implement and enforce emission guidelines for existing municipal solid waste landfills.
California v. EPA
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/20/2018 Order Download Environmental Defense Fund's motion to intervene granted. 11/16/2018 Reply Download Reply filed in support of EPA's motion to stay case pending conclusion of rulemaking. 11/14/2018 Motion Download Motion filed by state plaintiffs to shorten time for the court to hear defendant EPA's motion to stay. On November 14, the states asked the court to hold a hearing on the stay motion as soon as possible, arguing that significant prejudice and harm would result and that EPA’s relief would be effectively granted if the hearing were held on February 14, 2019, as currently scheduled. 11/09/2018 Opposition Download Opposition filed by state plaintiffs to EPA's motion to stay case. The states opposed EPA's stay request, as did Environmental Defense Fund, which the court granted permission to intervene in support of the plaintiffs. 11/09/2018 Response Download Response filed by proposed intervenor Environmental Defense Fund joining plaintiffs' opposition to EPA's motion to stay case. 11/05/2018 Motion Download Motion to stay case pending conclusion of rulemaking filed by EPA. After Proposing Delay of Compliance Requirements for Landfill Emission Guidelines, EPA Asked Federal Court to Stay States’ Lawsuit. On November 5, 2018, EPA moved to stay a lawsuit brought by states in the federal district court for the Northern District of California to compel EPA to promulgate federal implementation plans for Obama-era emission guidelines for existing municipal solid waste landfills. EPA told the court that the deadlines upon which the states’ claims were based were the subject of proposed rulemakings to amend the deadlines. First, in August 2018, EPA proposed in its “Affordable Clean Energy” replacement for the Clean Power Plan to amend timing requirements for all “ongoing” emission guidelines to allow more time for submission of state plans as well as for EPA review of such plans and EPA promulgation of federal plans. Second, in October 2018, EPA proposed to extend the deadline for submitting state plans for the landfill emission guidelines to August 19, 2019 (from May 30, 2017), and to provide additional time after that date for EPA review and, if necessary, EPA promulgation of federal plans. 10/23/2018 Notice Download Notice of proposed rule filed by EPA. 09/27/2018 Opposition Download Opposition filed by EPA to motion to intervene. 09/18/2018 Opposition Download States filed opposition to EPA's motion to dismiss. 09/13/2018 Motion to Intervene Download Motion to intervene filed by Environmental Defense Fund. 08/07/2018 Motion to Dismiss Download Motion to dismiss filed by EPA. 05/31/2018 Complaint Download Complaint filed. States Challenged EPA’s Failure to Implement Emission Guidelines for Existing Landfills. Eight states, led by California, filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the Northern District of California asserting that EPA had failed to fulfill its statutory duty to implement and enforce emission guidelines for municipal solid waste landfills that would have controlled emissions of volatile, organic compounds, hazardous air pollutants, carbon dioxide, and methane. The states alleged that EPA had worked to undermine the emission guidelines by communicating that it does not intend to implement them and that EPA had violated statutory mandates to approve or disapprove state implementation plans and to impose federal plans on noncomplying states.