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Biodiversity Conservation Alliance v. Bureau of Land Management

ELR Citation: 43 ELR 20220
Nos. No. 2:12-CV-252-SWS, (D. Wyo., 09/18/2013) (Skavdahl, J.)

A district court held that BLM complied with NEPA and FLPMA when it authorized a uranium mining project in south central Wyoming. BLM, in conjunction with other state and federal agencies, undertook extensive and exhaustive reviews of the potential environmental impacts of the project, and the agency took a hard look at all reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts arising from operation of the project before it issued its record of decision. Despite claims to the contrary, the administrative record fails to reveal that in approving the project BLM failed its obligation under FLPMA to prevent any unnecessary or undue degradation of the lands. To the contrary, the adoption of various mitigation measures and the selection of the preferred alternative reinforce a finding that BLM took a hard look at the project and identified ways to avoid unnecessary and undue degradation.