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Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County v. United States Department of Transportation

ELR Citation: 45 ELR 20215
Nos. 14-14192, (S.D. Fla., 11/05/2015) (Middlebrooks, J.)

A district court dismissed environmental groups' lawsuit challenging the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA's) approval of a bridge and highway project that will cross Florida's St. Lucie River, including portions of the St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve and the Savannas Preserve State Park. In approving the project, FHwA complied with DOT Act §4(f), and its determinations are well-reasoned, supported by the administrative record, and neither arbitrary nor capricious. FHwA considered the relevant factors, and its determinations are supported by the administrative record. It acted within the scope of its authority and reasonably concluded that neither of the two alternatives preferred by the environmental groups was prudent. Likewise, FHwA's ultimate conclusion that the chosen alternative would cause the least overall harm was not arbitrary and capricious.