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Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Transportation

ELR Citation: 47 ELR 20020
Nos. 15-15791, (11th Cir., 02/03/2017)

The Eleventh Circuit held that the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) approval of a new bridge in Port St. Lucie, Florida, was not arbitrary or capricious despite claims by environmental groups. The groups claimed that FHWA abused its discretion in not selecting their proffered alternative path that would not impact publicly owned land, including an aquatic preserve and a state park. A district court granted summary judgment in favor of FHWA, allowing the project to go forward. On appeal, the appellate court agreed with the district court and found that FHWA gave thoughtful consideration to a wide variety of factors and worked with many agencies to develop remediation plans that mitigate harms to the affected areas.