• U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • 14-1823
  • Before: Sack, Chin, and Carney, C.JJ.
  • For Plaintiff: For Plaintiffs-Appellees the States of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Washington, and the Province of Manitoba: Steven C. Wu, Deputy Solicitor General; Judith N. Vale, Assistant Solicitor General; Lemuel Srolovic, Bureau Chief; Philip Bein, Watershed Inspector General; Meredith Lee-Clark, Assistant Attorney General, Environmental Protection Bureau, on the brief, Barbara D. Underwood, Solicitor General, for Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General of the State of New York, New York, NY. For Plaintiffs-Appellees Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Inc., Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc., Catskill- Delaware Natural Water Alliance, Inc., Federated Sportsmen's Clubs of Ulster County, Inc., Riverkeeper, Inc., Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc., Trout Unlimited, Inc., National Wildlife Federation, Environment America, Environment New Hampshire, Environment Rhode Island, and Environment Florida: on the brief Daniel E. Estrin, Karl S. Coplan, Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, Inc., White Plains, NY. For Intervenor Plaintiffs-Appellees Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, Friends of the Everglades, Florida Wildlife Federation, and Sierra Club: on the brief, Yinet Pino, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, Miami, Florida; David G. Guest, Earthjustice, Tallahassee, Florida.
  • For Defendant: For Defendants-Appellants United States Environmental Protection Agency and Gina McCarthy: Benjamin H. Torrance, on the briefs, Robert William Yalen, for Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. For Intervenor Defendants-Appellants-Cross Appellees Central Arizona Water Conservation District, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, City and County of Denver, by and through its Board of Water Commissioners, City and County of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, City of Boulder [Colorado], City of Aurora [Colorado], El Dorado Irrigation District, Idaho Water Users Association, Imperial Irrigation District, Kane County [Utah] Water Conservancy District, Las Vegas Valley Water District, Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, National Water Resources Association, Salt Lake & Sandy [Utah] Metropolitan Water District, Salt River Project, San Diego County Water Authority, Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, The City of Colorado Springs, Acting by and through its Enterprise Colorado Springs Utilities, Washington County [Utah] Water District, Western Urban Water Coalition, and [California] State Water Contractors.1: Don Baur & Paul Smyth, Perkins Coie LLP, Washington, District of Columbia, on the brief, Peter D. Nichols, Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP, Boulder, Colorado. For Intervenor Defendant-Appellant-Cross Appellee City of New York: Larry Sonnenshein & Hilary Meltzer, on the briefs, Julie Steiner, for Zachary W. Carter, Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, New York, NY. For Intervenor Defendant- Appellant-Cross-Appellant South Florida Water Management District: James Edward Nutt, South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, Florida. For Intervenor-Defendants-Appellants-Cross Appellees States of Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming: on the briefs Annette M. Quill, Senior Assistant Attorney General, State of Colorado, Denver, Colorado. For Amici Curiae-American Farm Bureau Federation and Florida Farm Bureau Federation: on the brief Ellen B. Steen, Danielle Hallcom Quist, American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, District of Columbia; Staci Braswell, Florida Farm Bureau Federation, Gainesville, Florida; Timothy S. Bishop, Michael B. Kimberly, Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, District of Columbia. For Amici Curiae-Leon G. Billings, Tom Jorling, Jeffrey G. Miller, Robert W. Adler, William Andreen, Harrison C. Dunning, Mark Squillace, and Sandra B. Zellmer: on the brief, Laura Murphy & Patrick Parenteau, Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont. For Amicus Curiae- State of California by and through the California Department of Water Resources: on the brief, Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General; Robert W. Byrne, Senior Assistant Attorney General; Gavin G. McCabe, Supervising Deputy Attorney General; William Jenkins, Deputy Attorney General; State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, San Francisco, California. For Amici Curiae-National Hydropower Association, Northwest Hydroelectric Association, American Public Power Association, Sabine River Authority of Texas, Sabine River Authority State of Louisiana, and Oglethorpe Power Corporation: on the brief, Michael A. Swiger, Charles R. Sensiba, Sharon L. White, Van Ness Feldman, LLP, Washington, District of Columbia.
Circuit Reinstates Exemption to EPA's Water Transfer Rule

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