US v. Southern Union Company, No. 09-2403 (1st Cir. 2011)

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This opinion or order relates to an opinion or order originally issued on December 22, 2010.

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United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit No. 09-2403 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Appellee, v. SOUTHERN UNION COMPANY, Defendant, Appellant. ERRATA SHEET The opinion of this Court issued on December 22, 2010, is amended as follows. On page 26, the following new paragraph is inserted after line 14: Southern Union also claims that because in 1992 and 2001 the EPA declined federal enforcement of CESQG regulations in California and the District of Columbia, respectively, federal enforcement of Rhode Island's CESQG regulations is so irrational as to violate due process. As we have noted, the EPA has proposed federal enforcement in California, and all enforcement decisions since 1999, save for the aberration of the District of Columbia, have been consistent with the Rhode Island enforcement decision. Southern Union has failed to show meaningful inconsistency, much less irrational inconsistency. Our conclusion above that the EPA has over time engaged in a rational shift toward a policy of federal enforcement disposes of this due process argument as well.