Bennett Hills Grazing Ass'n v. United States
Citation: 9 ELR 20660
No. No. 79-4397, 600 F.2d 1308/13 ERC 1527/(9th Cir., 07/18/1979)
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacates a district court's order that enjoined the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from proceeding with preparation of a final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the federal grazing program until plaintiffs had 90 days in whith to comment on BLM's draft EIS. Relying on Kleppe v. Sierra Club, 6 ELR 20532, and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. NRDC, 8 ELR 20288, the court emphasizes the absence of a justification for interlocutory judicial intervention and the failure to show that judicial review after preparation of the final EIS will be inadequate as a matter of law. The cause is remanded with instructions to dismiss without prejudice to appellees' right to challenge the action on the merits.
Counsel for Plaintiffs-Appellees
Wilbur T. Nelson
Nelson & Westberg
733 N. 7th St., P.O. Box 2836, Boise ID 83701
Counsel for Defendants-Appellants
Jeffrey Ring, Ass't U.S. Attorney
550 W. Fort St., Boise ID 83702
Appellate Section, Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
Counsel for Amici Curiae
Lloyd E. Haight
Quane, Smith, Howard & Hull
Idaho First Plaza. P.O. Box 519, Boise ID 83701
Johanna H. Wald, Roger Beers
Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
25 Kearney St., San Francisco CA 94108
Mountain States Legal Foundation
1845 Sherman St., Denver CO 80203
Before ELY, GOODWIN and TANG, Circuit Judges.