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National Wildlife Fed'n v. Johnson

Citation: 12 ELR 20731
No. Nos. 81-1097-RE, -916-RE, 548 F. Supp. 708/17 ERC 1717/(D. Or., 03/10/1982)

The court holds that suits brought pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenging agency actions taken under the authority of the Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act must be filed in the courts of appeals. It construes the Northwest Power Act's venue provision to include NEPA challenges in order to avoid a system of bifurcated jurisdiction.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
John E. Bonine, Terence L. Thatcher
Pacific Northwest Resources Center
Law Center, 1101 Kincaid St., Eugene OR 97403
(503) 686-3852

Elliott Holden
226 Corbett Bldg., 430 SW Morrison St., Portland OR 97204
(503) 222-9688

Counsel for Defendants
Sidney I. Lezak, U.S. Attorney; Jack G. Collins, Thomas C. Lee
312 U.S. Cthse., 620 SW Main St., Portland OR 97205
(503) 221-2101

Robert E. Ratcliffe, Harvard P. Spigal, James O. Luce, Thomas D. Miller, Special Ass't U.S. Attorneys

Bonneville Power Administration
P.O. Box 3621, Portland OR 97208
(503) 230-3000