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Bennett Hills Grazing Ass'n v. United States

ELR Citation: 9 ELR 20660
Nos. No. 79-4397, 600 F.2d 1308/13 ERC 1527/(9th Cir., 07/18/1979)

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacates a district court's order that enjoined the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from proceeding with preparation of a final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the federal grazing program until plaintiffs had 90 days in whith to comment on BLM's draft EIS. Relying on Kleppe v. Sierra Club, 6 ELR 20532, and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. NRDC, 8 ELR 20288, the court emphasizes the absence of a justification for interlocutory judicial intervention and the failure to show that judicial review after preparation of the final EIS will be inadequate as a matter of law. The cause is remanded with instructions to dismiss without prejudice to appellees' right to challenge the action on the merits.

Counsel for Plaintiffs-Appellees
Wilbur T. Nelson
Nelson & Westberg
733 N. 7th St., P.O. Box 2836, Boise ID 83701
(208) 336-5200

Counsel for Defendants-Appellants
Jeffrey Ring, Ass't U.S. Attorney
550 W. Fort St., Boise ID 83702
(208) 384-1211

Martin Green
Appellate Section, Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-2827

Counsel for Amici Curiae
Lloyd E. Haight
Quane, Smith, Howard & Hull
Idaho First Plaza. P.O. Box 519, Boise ID 83701
(208) 345-0960

Johanna H. Wald, Roger Beers
Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
25 Kearney St., San Francisco CA 94108
(415) 421-6561

Mountain States Legal Foundation
1845 Sherman St., Denver CO 80203
(303) 861-0244

Before ELY, GOODWIN and TANG, Circuit Judges.