Description: Challenge to EPA's administrative stay of performance standards and emission guidelines for municipal solid waste landfills.
Natural Resources Defense Council v. Pruitt
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/04/2017 Motion Download Motion for summary vacatur filed. Environmental Groups Sought Vacatur of EPA’s Administrative Stay of Landfill Methane Standards. Environmental groups asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) administrative stay of regulations restricting emissions of landfill gas (including methane) from municipal solid waste landfills. The plaintiffs called their case “a carbon copy” of Clean Air Council v. Pruitt, in which the D.C. Circuit vacated EPA’s administrative stay of regulations restricting emissions from the oil and gas sector. They argued that EPA’s administrative stay suffered from the same flaws as the administrative stay in that case, citing EPA’s failure to articulate any rationale for why reconsideration was mandatory for five of the six issues on which reconsideration was granted and the failure of the rationale for reconsideration of the sixth issue to meet statutory criteria for mandatory reconsideration. 06/15/2017 Petition for Review Download Petition for review filed. Environmental Groups Challenged Delay in Enforcement of Landfill Methane Regulations. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Clean Air Council, and Clean Wisconsin filed a petition seeking review of EPA’s administrative stay of performance standards and emission guidelines for municipal solid waste landfills. The standards and guidelines were published on August 29, 2016. In a letter dated May 5, 2017, EPA announced the commencement of a reconsideration proceeding for six elements of the regulations. EPA published notice of the administrative stay on May 31, 2017, stating that it was necessary to stay the regulations in their entirety because provisions that were a subject of the reconsideration proceeding were integral to how the rules functioned as a whole.