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East 63rd St. Ass'n v. Coleman

ELR Citation: 7 ELR 20459
Nos. No. 76 Civ. 2071, 414 F. Supp. 1318/9 ERC 1193/(S.D.N.Y., 05/17/1976)

The court rejects plaintiff's challenge to the adequacy of an environmental impact statement prepared for a proposed subway construction project and denies injunctive relief. The EIS, prepared three years earlier, adequately discusses the project's environmental impacts and alternatives. Even if the EIS were inadequate, where construction has gone so far that it would be impractical or impossible to alter the basic plan, laches prevents the court from enjoining the work where there is no suggestion that the plans were concealed from the plaintiffs. The court will not question a federal agency's use of state or local government analysis of a proposed project in preparing the EIS if the federal agency gives assurance that it exercised independent review and judgment in adopting the local work.

The court's decision was affirmed by the Second Circuit, 7 ELR 20465.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Albert K. Butzel, Peter J. Millock
Butzel & Kass
45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York NY 10020
(212) 838-2700

Counsel for Defendants
Robert B. Fiske, U.S. Attorney; Peter C. Salerno, Ass't U.S. Attorney
One St. Andrew's Plaza, New York NY 10007
(212) 791-1963

W. Bernard Richland, Corp. Counsel; Nina Gershon Goldstein, John C. Brennan
Municipal Bldg., New York NY 10007
(212) 566-3929

Stuart Riedel, General Counsel; Gary Marcus
New York City Transit Authority
370 Jay St., Brooklyn NY 11201
(212) 330-3000