Association of Irritated Residents et al v. United States Environmental Protection Agency et al

Filing 28

STIPULATION AND ORDER to Amend Consent Decree Deadlines. Signed by Judge Samuel Conti on 1/15/09. (tdm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/15/2009)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 RONALD J. TENPAS Assistant Attorney General Environment & Natural Resources Division ROCHELLE L. RUSSELL (CA Bar No. 244992) Trial Attorney U.S. Department of Justice Environment & Natural Resources Division Environmental Defense Section 301 Howard Street, Suite 1050 San Francisco, CA 94105 Tel: (415) 744-6485 Fax: (415) 744-6476 Email: rochelle.russell@usdoj.gov Counsel for Defendants UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION ASSOCIATION OF IRRITATED RESIDENTS, an unincorporated association, and NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, INC., Plaintiffs, v. UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, STEPHEN L. JOHNSON, in his official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and WAYNE NASTRI, in his official capacity as Regional Administrator for Region IX of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV 08-00227 SC STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] ORDER TO AMEND CONSENT DECREE DEADLINES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WHEREAS, Plaintiffs' complaint in this matter alleges that Defendants United States Environmental Protection Agency; Stephen L. Johnson, in his official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency; and Wayne Nastri, in his official capacity as Administrator for Region IX of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (collectively, "EPA") failed to act on the following three state implementation plans ("SIPs") within the time lines set forth in section 110(k)(2) of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7410(k)(2): (1) the 2003 State and Federal Strategy for the California State Implementation Plan ("2003 State SIP"); (2) the 2004 San Joaquin Valley Extreme Ozone Attainment Demonstration Plan ("2004 San Joaquin Valley SIP"); and (3) the 2003 Air Quality Management Plan for the South Coast Air Quality Management District ("2003 South Coast SIP"); WHEREAS, on September 12, 2008, the Court entered a Consent Decree, Dkt. 21, which requires EPA to sign for publication in the Federal Register notices of the Agency's proposed actions on each of the SIPs by October 15, 2008, and notices of the Agency's final actions on each of the SIPs by January 15, 2009; WHEREAS, EPA has met the October 15, 2008 proposed action deadline for all three SIPs, and expects to meet the January 15, 2009 final action deadline for the 2003 South Coast SIP and those portions of the 2003 State SIP that pertain to the 2003 South Coast SIP; WHEREAS, EPA received a number of substantive public comments in response to the Agency's proposed approval of the 2004 San Joaquin Valley SIP and those portions of the 2003 State SIP that pertain to the 2004 San Joaquin Valley SIP; WHEREAS, EPA requires additional time to review those comments and to take final action on the 2004 San Joaquin Valley SIP and those portions of the 2003 State SIP that relate to the 2004 San Joaquin Valley SIP; WHEREAS, Paragraph 6 of the Consent Decree authorizes EPA and Plaintiffs to extend the aforementioned deadlines via written stipulation; WHEREAS, EPA has stated that it intends to take final action on the 2003 State SIP, the 2004 San Joaquin Valley SIP, and the 2003 South Coast SIP before final action is taken on any California 8-hour ozone plan, including the State Strategy for California's 2007 State S tip u la tio n and [Proposed] Order to Amend Consent Decree Deadlines No. CV 08-00227 SC 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Implementation Plan, submitted on November 16, 2007, the 2007 San Joaquin Valley Ozone Plan, submitted on November 16, 2007, and the Final 2007 Air Quality Management Plan for the South Coast Air Basin and the Coachella Valley, submitted on November 28, 2007; NOW THEREFORE, the parties, by and through their undersigned counsel, hereby stipulate to amend the deadlines in Paragraph 2 of the Consent Decree by replacing it with the following paragraph: 2. (a) EPA shall sign for publication in the Federal Register a notice of the Agency's final action on the 2003 South Coast SIP and related portions of the 2003 State SIP by January 15, 2009, pursuant to section 110(k) of the Clean Air Act. Once signed, EPA shall deliver the notice to the Office of the Federal Register for publication. (b) EPA shall sign for publication in the Federal Register a notice of the Agency's final action or re-proposed action on the 2004 San Joaquin Valley SIP and related portions of the 2003 State SIP no later than June 30, 2009, pursuant to section 110(k) of the Clean Air Act. Once signed, EPA shall deliver the notice to the Office of the Federal Register for publication. (c) In the event that EPA re-proposes action on the 2004 San Joaquin Valley SIP and related portions of the 2003 State SIP pursuant to Paragraph 2(b), EPA shall sign for publication in the Federal Register a notice of the Agency's final action on those SIPs by November 13, 2009, pursuant to section 110(k) of the Clean Air Act. Once signed, EPA shall deliver the notice to the Office of the Federal Register for publication. FOR THE DEFENDANTS: RONALD J. TENPAS Assistant Attorney General Environment & Natural Resources Division Dated: January 14, 2009 /s/ Rochelle L. Russell ROCHELLE L. RUSSELL 28 S tip u la tio n and [Proposed] Order to Amend Consent Decree Deadlines No. CV 08-00227 SC 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 Dated: January 14, 2009 7 8 9 10 11 Dated: January 14, 2009 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 S tip u la tio n and [Proposed] Order to Amend Consent Decree Deadlines United States Department of Justice Environmental Defense Section 301 Howard Street, Suite 1050 San Francisco, CA 94105 (415) 744-6485 rochelle.russell@usdoj.gov FOR THE PLAINTIFFS: /s/ Brent Newell BRENT NEWELL Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment 47 Kearney Street, Suite 804 San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 346-4179 bnewell@crpe-ej.org Attorney for Association of Irritated Residents /s/ Adriano Martinez ADRIANO MARTINEZ Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. 1314 Second Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 434-2300 amartinez@nrdc.org Attorney for Natural Resources Defense Council PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED. ISTRIC ES D TC AT T RT U O ER N F D IS T IC T O R A C LI No. CV 08-00227 SC 4 FO o amuel C Judge S nti R NIA __________________________________ Hon. Samuel SO ORDERED Conti IT IS Senior Judge United States District Court NO UNIT ED 1/15/09 Dated: _________________ S RT H 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 S tip u la tio n and [Proposed] Order to Amend Consent Decree Deadlines CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I certify that on January 14, 2009, a true and correct copy of the foregoing STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] ORDER TO AMEND CONSENT DECREE DEADLINES was served electronically via the Court's e-filing system to Counsel of Record. /s/ Rochelle L. Russell ROCHELLE L. RUSSELL No. CV 08-00227 SC 5

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