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Chesapeake Climate Action Network v. Environmental Protection Agency

The D.C. Circuit granted a petition to reconsider EPA's Final Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Rule that exempted coal- and oil-burning power plant boilers' startup periods from numerical limits on hazardous air pollutants (HAPs...

Western Watersheds Project v. Interior Board of Land Appeals

An Idaho district court transferred venue in a challenge to BLM's decision to renew livestock grazing permits for an allotment in northern Utah and to the Interior Board of Land Appeals' (IBLA's) reinstatement of that decision. An...

Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. FERC

The D.C. Circuit upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by an environmental group challenging FERC's funding structure. The group argued that the agency's funding structure created structural bias by incentivizing the agency to...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Export-Import Bank

The Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court decision rejecting environmental groups' claim that Export-Import Bank violated the ESA and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The groups argued that the agency failed to follow proper...

California Cattlemen's Ass'n v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service

A district court denied motions to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the federal designation of over 1.8 million acres in the Sierra Nevada mountains as critical habitat for three amphibian species. Associations representing California...

Arch Coal, Inc. v. Acosta

The D.C. Circuit held that a mining company must exhaust its administrative remedies before it can challenge potential claims filed against it under the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA). The BLBA grants coal miners the right to monthly...

Anderson v. McCarthy

A district court, on motions for summary judgment, dismissed a lawsuit against EPA filed by a group of beekeepers, farmers, and organizations concerned about the effect of pesticide-treated seeds on bees and other pollinators. The...

Animal Legal Defense Fund v. United States Department of Agriculture

The Ninth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, reversed and remanded a lower court decision dismissing an animal rights group's lawsuit concerning foie gras produced from the livers of force-fed poultry. The group had petitioned USDA's...

Arlington, Texas v. Federal Communications Comm'n

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a FCC declaratory ruling that state and local zoning authorities have 150 days to process siting applications for new wireless towers and antennas. Section 332(c)(7)B) of the Communications Act of 1934, as...

Paskar v. United States Department of Transportation

The Second Circuit dismissed a petition for review challenging an FAA letter endorsing a series of recommendations made by a panel of experts regarding the impact of a proposed marine trash-transfer facility on safe airport operations...

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