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United States v. Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co.

A district court dismissed EPA's lawsuit against an Oklahoma utility under the CAA alleging that...

2014 Supreme Court Review and Preview

On October 1, 2014, the Environmental Law Institute held its annual U.S. Supreme Court update...

Climate Change

Beyond the CDM: Regulating China’s Domestic Offset Scheme

Success in China moving from participation in the Clean Development Mechanism to a national...

A Response to the IPCC Fifth Assessment

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report presented...

Energy

SWEPI, LP v. Mora County, New Mexico

A district court, in a 199-page opinion, struck down a local county ordinance banning oil-and-...

W.E. Partners II, LLC v. United States

The Court of Federal Claims held that a company that funded construction of an open-loop biomass...

Governance

Association des Éleveurs de Canards et D'Oies du Quebec v. Harris

A district court struck down California's sales ban on foie gras--a delicacy made from fattened...

Land Use

Addressing the Environmental Impacts of Large Infrastructure Projects: Making "Mitigation" Matter

We are in the midst of an unprecedented governmentwide focus on infrastructure permitting and...

Growth-Induced Land Development Caused by Highway and Other Projects as an Indirect Effect Under NEPA

Growth-induced land development caused by highway and other projects must be considered as a...

Natural Resources

Grunewald v. Jarvis

The D.C. Circuit upheld the National Park Service's (NPS') deer management plan for Rock Creek...

Suction Dredge Mining Cases

A California court held that federal mining law preempts a state law that effectively bans the...

Toxic Substances

The Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Future of Multilateral Environmental Agreements

The 2013 Minamata Convention on Mercury is a wide-ranging treaty posed to address the serious...

Trumpeter Swan Society v. Environmental Protection Agency

The D.C. Circuit upheld EPA's denial of a petition filed by 101 environmental groups asking the...

Waste

LWD PRP Group v. Alcan Corp.

The Sixth Circuit held that the three-year statute of limitations for contribution actions...

Vine Street v. Borg Warner Corp.

The Fifth Circuit held that a corporation should not be held liable as an arranger under CERCLA...

Water

Myers v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court held BLM liable under the CWA for discharging pollutants from two of its wells...

North Carolina Environmental Justice Network v. Taylor

A district court denied a swine farm's motion to strike an environmental group's request for a...

Wildlife

Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Brazell

The Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court decision affirming the U.S. Forest Service's...

San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority v. Locke

The Ninth Circuit upheld the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS') biological opinion...