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United States of America v. Bradley Mining Company

April 11, 2011

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
BRADLEY MINING COMPANY,
DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Thelton E. Henderson, Judge United States District Court

IGNACIA S. MORENO Assistant Attorney General 2 Environment and Natural Resources Division U.S. Department of Justice 3 LOREN REMSBERG 4 Trial Attorney Environmental Enforcement Section 5 U.S. Department of Justice 601 D Street, NW 6 Washington, DC 20004 Tel: (202) 514-3143 7 Fax: (202) 514-4180 E-mail: loren.remsberg@usdoj.gov Attorneys for Plaintiff United States of America

JOINT STATUS REPORT, STIPULATION, AND [PROPOSED] ORDER

with the Court, stating that the parties continued to make substantial progress toward a reaching 3 a final agreement but had not yet finalized the terms of a settlement. Docket No. 43 at 2.

Management Conference and requiring the parties to provide a joint report on case status, 6 prospects of settlement, and case management scheduling by April 8, 2011. Docket No. 44 at 4. 7

The proposed settlement encompasses disbursement of insurance proceeds, division of annual income, land transfer, covenants, the scope of releases, and deed notice provisions for the 10
On March 21, 2011, counsel for Bradley Mining and Bradley Trust, requested a meeting between his clients and the person at the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") Region 9 13 who would be responsible for approving the settlement. The meeting was requested to discuss 14 unresolved settlement terms that have remained points of contention between the parties since an 15 exchange of settlement documents in February 2011. As the United States explained to Bradley's counsel on March 23, Jane Diamond, the Director of the Superfund Division, had the 17 authority and responsibility to approve any settlement for EPA Region 9. However, she would 18 not be back in the office until after April 8, 2011, the filing deadline for this joint status report. 19
Pursuant to the Court's Order, all proceedings in this matter, with the exception of any further mediation-related proceedings, are stayed until the Initial Case Management Conference, 22 which is currently set for 1:30 p.m. on May 9, 2011. Docket No. 44 at 3. At this point, the 23 parties are seeking to discuss and resolve the remaining issues between them, and a meeting 24 among the decision makers is scheduled to take place on April 28. Under these circumstances, 25 the parties would like to request from the Court an additional stay of litigation and a continuance 26 of the Initial Case Management Conference and other deadlines.

Joint Status Report, Stipulation, and [Proposed] Order - Case No. 3-08-CV-05501 TEH

On January 6, 2011, the parties filed a joint status report, stipulation, and proposed order

Pursuant to the stipulation, this Court entered an Order staying proceedings until the Initial Case 5

The parties hereby submit this report in response to the Court's Order.

Stibnite Mine site. 11

On April 7, the parties agreed that Defendants will meet with Ms. Diamond on April 28, 2011.

[proposed] Order has been obtained from Mr. Jon K. Wactor, the attorney ...


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