Citizens for Responsible Area Growth v. Adams
Citation: 12 ELR 21025
No. Nos. 81-1602, -1760, 680 F.2d 835/(1st Cir., 05/25/1982) Injunction modified
The First Circuit rules that the construction of a privately funded hangar at the Lebanon, New Hampshire airport is not a federal action subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The district court, after preliminarily enjoining construction of a federally funded runway extension and industrial park development at the airport pending preparation of an environmental impact statement, refused appellant's request to modify the injunction to allow construction of the hangar. The court rules that the district court abused its discretion in refusing to modify the preliminary injunction. The hangar project was not a federal action subject to the requirements of NEPA because it was neither federally funded nor significantly related to either the runway extension or industrial park development.
Counsel for Appellant
John J. Curtin Jr., Alexandra Leake, William G. Southard
Bingham, Dana & Gould
35th Floor, 100 Federal St., Boston MA 02110
Nicholas D. N. Harvey
Stebbins & Bradley
P.O. Box 382, Hanover NH 03755
Jack G. Duncan
Legal Department, AMCA Int'l Co.
7 Allen St., Hanover NH 03755
Counsel for Appellees
Peter R. Teachout
Vermont Law School
S. Royalton VT 05068
Robert F. Eisengrein, W. Stephen Thayer III
Office of the Chief Counsel
Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Ave. NW, Washington DC 20591
Before Coffin, Aldrich, and Breyer, JJ.