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Voyageur Outward Bound School v. United States

ELR Citation: 51 ELR 20084
Nos. 1:18-cv-01463 (TNM), 1:18-cv-01496 (TNM), and 1:18-cv-01499 (TNM), (D.D.C., 05/13/2021) (McFadden, J.)

A district court denied environmental groups' motion to reconsider its prior decision in a lawsuit concerning DOI's renewal of mining leases for a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The groups argued new evidence retrieved through third-party FOIA requests—communications from 2017 in which members of Congress and representatives of the mine highlighted flaws in DOI's initial legal opinion denying the mine's request to renew the leases and lobbied administration officials to reinstate them—demonstrated political interference in the process, and sought to have the court reconsider its previous ruling upholding the renewals. The court found that the groups failed to show the new evidence was "of such importance that it probably would have changed the outcome" of the court's decision, and denied their motion for reconsideration.