No. 81-2068.

683 F.2d 752 (1982)

NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, INC., 1725 I Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, D. C. 20006, Petitioner, v. U. S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, 401 M. Street, S.W., Washington, D. C. 20460, Respondent, Chemical Manufacturers Association; American Cyanamid Company; FMC Corporation & Union Carbide Corp.; Ford Motor Company; American Paper Institute & National Forest Products Association; Chicago Association of Commerce & Industry; Illinois Manufacturers' Association & Mid-America Legal Foundation, Intervenors.

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Decided July 8, 1982.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Frances Dubrowski, Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., Washington, D. C., (argued), for petitioner.

Nancy J. Marvel (argued), Donald W. Stever, Jr., Attys., Dept. of Justice, Carol E. Dinkins, Asst. Atty. Gen., Michael Murchison, Atty., E.P.A., Washington, D. C., for respondent; Rotraud M. Perry, Gen. Counsel, Bruce Diamond, Susan Lepow, Attys., E.P.A., Washington, D. C., of counsel.

Lawrence T. MacNamara, Jr. (argued), Theodore L. Garrett, Corinne A. Goldstein, Covington & Burling, for Chemical Manufacturers Ass'n; Edmund B. Frost and Sanford E. Gaines, Washington, D. C., for counsel.

Turner T. Smith, Jr. (argued), T. S. Ellis, III, William B. Ellis, Douglas E. Cutler, Norman W. Bernstein, E. Milton Farley, III, Richard W. Goldman, Hunton & Williams, Richmond, Va., for Ford Motor Co.

Michael K. Glenn, Gary R. Feulner, Chadbourne, Park, Whiteside & Wolff, Washington, D. C., for American Paper Institute & National Forest Products Ass'n.

John M. Cannon, Tinley Park, Ill., Susan W. Wanat, Park Ridge, Ill., Mid-America Legal Foundation, for Chicago Ass'n of Commerce and Industry, Illinois Manufacturers' Ass'n & Mid-America Legal Foundation.

Before GIBBONS, HUNTER, Circuit Judges and THOMPSON, District Judge.


JAMES HUNTER, III, Circuit Judge.

Petitioner Natural Resources Defense Council ("NRDC") challenges the action of the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") in indefinitely postponing the effective date of final amendments ("the amendments") to certain regulations without complying with the notice and comment rulemaking requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act ("APA").1 For the reasons which follow...

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