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Biological opinion, §7(b)

Jayne v. Sherman

The Ninth Circuit upheld the U.S. Forest Service's adoption of the Idaho Roadless Rule, which creates different categories of land within Idaho's 9.3 million acres of inventoried roadless areas. The court affirmed and adopted as its own...

Western Watersheds Project v. Salazar

A district court held that DOI complied with NEPA, the ESA, and FLPMA when it approved the construction of a large solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert. Environmental groups filed suit, alleging that BLM and FWS inadequately...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Bureau of Land Management

The Ninth Circuit vacated and remanded FWS' biological opinion for a pipeline project involving the construction, operation, and maintenance of a 678-mile, 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline extending from Wyoming to Oregon. The...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar

The Ninth Circuit upheld FWS regulations issued under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) that authorize the incidental take of polar bears and Pacific walruses resulting from oil and gas exploration activities in the Chukchi Sea...

Dow Agrosciences LLC v. National Marine Fisheries Service

A district court upheld a NMFS biological opinion (BiOp) concluding that EPA's registration decisions under FIFRA for three insecticides—chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion—were likely to jeopardize the continued existence of 27...

Consolidated Salmonid Cases

A district court, in a 279-page opinion, held that NOAA-Fisheries' 2009 biological opinion (BiOp) and reasonable and prudent alternative (RPA) addressing Central Valley Project and State Water Project impacts on Chinook salmon,...

National Wildlife Federation v. National Marine Fisheries Service

A district court held that NOAA Fisheries' 2008/2010 biological opinion (BiOp) for the Federal Columbia River Power System is arbitrary and capricious under the ESA. In the BiOp it issued to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar

A district court held that the FWS' biological opinion (BiOp) for the U.S. Army's proposed ongoing and future...

Delta Smelt Consolidated Cases

A district court, on a motion to amend judgment, extended the FWS' deadline for completing its biological opinion (...

Dow AgroSciences LLC v. National Marine Fisheries Service

The Fourth Circuit held that a biological opinion issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service as part of EPA's process of reregistering the insecticides chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion is subject to judicial review...