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Del Norte, County of v. Andrus

Citation: 11 ELR 20174
No. No. C-80-3964, 15 ERC 1665/(N.D. Cal., 03/05/1981)

After granting plaintiffs a temporary restraining order preventing closure of the comment period on a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding inclusion of rivers in the National Wild and Sceni Rivers System, the court denies plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction. Notwithstanding plaintiffs' claims that they will suffer present and future injury if forced to respond to such a complex EIS in the regular 60-day comment period, the court finds that defendants have not abused their discretion in refusing to extend the comment period. Procedural errors of this sort can be adequately reviewed within a challenge to the adequacy of the final EIS.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Alson R. Kemp
Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro
Standard Oil Bldg., 225 Bush St., San Francisco CA 94104
(415) 983-1000

Counsel for Defendants
Charles O'Connor, Ass't U.S. Attorney
Federal Bldg. & U.S. Cthse., 450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco CA 94102
(415) 556-1126

Counsel for State of California
M. Anne Jennings, Deputy Attorney General
6000 State Bldg., San Francisco CA 94102
(415) 557-2544