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Historic Green Springs, Inc. v. Block

Citation: 12 ELR 20100
No. No. 77-0230-R, (E.D. Va., 07/20/1981) Vacated

The district court vacates its prior decision, 11 ELR 20034, invalidating the designation of the Historic Green Springs District in Louisa County, Virginia as a national historic landmark and its placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Subsequent to the court's decision, Congress enacted the National Historic Preservation Act Amendments of 1980, which declared all historic properties listed in the February 6, 1979 issue of the Federal Register to be national historic landmarks. The Green Springs District was among the properties listed. The court holds that the statute's text and legislative history indicate a congressional intent to shelter landmarks, including the Green Springs District, the designation of which faced constitutional challenge. Therefore, the Secretary of the Interior may legitimately list the Green Springs District in the National Register of Historic Places.

Counsel for Plaintiff Historic Green Springs, Inc.
Emanuel Emroch, Thomas W. Williamson
Emanuel Emroch & Associates
5206 Markel Rd., Richmond VA 23226
(804) 288-1661

Counsel for Defendant and Third Party Plaintiff Virginia Vermiculite, Ltd.
Gerald L. Baliles, D. Patrick Lacey, John A. Gibney
Bell, Ellyson, Wilkins & Baliles
P.O. Box 1640, Richmond VA 23213
(804) 649-7021

Counsel for Federal Defendants
Raymond A. Carpenter, Ass't U.S. Attorney
1102 E. Main St., Richmond VA 23210
(804) 771-2186

Gary W. Wilburn, Lars Hanslin
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-2047