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Administrative Procedure Act (APA)

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges v. Bernhardt

A district court vacated DOI's decision to enter into a land exchange agreement to facilitate construction of a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Environmental groups argued that the agreement, which DOI...

WildEarth Guardians v. Chao

A district court denied summary judgment to an environmental group in a lawsuit concerning the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA's) obligations under the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) to inspect all pipelines...

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A district court held that a 2017 EPA directive that prohibited scientists in receipt of certain EPA grants from serving on the Agency's federal advisory committees was arbitrary and capricious. An environmental group argued, among...

Western Watersheds Project v. Bernhardt

A district court vacated grazing permits renewed by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in response to a presidential pardon of a ranching company's prior criminal convictions. Environmental groups argued that Secretary's decision...

California Communities Against Toxics v. Environmental Protection Agency

The D.C. Circuit dismissed a challenge to a 2018 EPA memo that interpreted §112 of the CAA to mean that major sources of toxic emissions could reclassify to area sources and thereby ease their regulatory obligations. California and...

Kisor v. Wilkie

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Auer doctrine, deferring to the Department of Veterans Affairs' interpretation of an ambiguous regulation in a lawsuit concerning disability benefits. A veteran challenged the lower court's application...

California v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court granted California's and New Mexico's motion for summary judgment in an APA challenge to DOI's repeal of the Valuation Rule and its restoration of prior regulations governing payment of royalties on oil, gas, and coal...

Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail v. Federal Transit Administration

A district court granted federal and state transportation agencies' motion to dismiss a nonprofit group's challenge to a light rail project, known as the Purple Line project, that would connect suburban Maryland commuters to existing...

Air Alliance Houston v. U.S. Chemical and Safety Hazard Investigation Board

A district court granted environmental groups' request to compel the U.S. Chemical and Safety Hazard Investigation Board to promulgate regulations concerning accidental chemical releases. The groups argued that the Board's failure to...

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance v. Wheeler

A district court vacated nationwide the Applicability Date Rule, which suspended the effect of the Clean Water Rule until February 2020 and required agencies in the interim to apply the pre-Clean Water Rule definition of "waters of the...

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