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Cumulative impacts

Indigenous Environmental Network v. United States Department of State

A district court temporarily enjoined a pipeline company from constructing a cross-border oil pipeline known as Keystone XL. Environmental groups argued that the State Department violated NEPA when it approved Keystone XL, by failing to...

Wilderness Workshop v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court granted in part environmental groups' request for judicial review of BLM's resource management plan (RMP) for an area in the Colorado River Valley. The groups argued that the agency failed to consider the severity and...

Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court upheld BLM's approval of a record of decision (ROD) allowing the construction of 112 wind turbines in an area that contains cultural and biological significance to a Native American tribe. BLM's decision to approve the...

League of Wilderness Defenders v. United States Forest Service

A district court held that the U.S. Forest Service violated NEPA, but not the NFMA, in approving the use of herbicides to control invasive plant species in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest...

Northern Plains Resource Council, Inc. v. Surface Transportation Board

The Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the Surface Transportation Board's approval of a railroad company's applications to build a 130-mile railroad line in Southeastern Montana to haul coal. The Board prepared EISs...

Manitoba, Province of v. Salazar

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a corporate officer’s conviction under RCRA relating to the illegal storage of hazardous waste. The officer argued that the United States could charge and obtain a conviction against the corporation or...

Great Basin Mine Watch v. Hankins

The court holds that the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) cumulative impact analyses prepared in conjunction with two gold mining permits it issued to a mining company violates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). BLM prepared...

Arkansas Wildlife Fed'n v. Corps of Eng'rs

The court holds that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers complied with the National Environmental Policy Act in connection with its plan to preserve an aquifer in the Grand Prairie Region in East Central Arkansas, a major rice producing...

Idaho Sporting Congress v. Rittenhouse

The court holds that two U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) timber sales in the Boise National Forest in Idaho violated the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Environmental groups...

Texas Comm. on Natural Resources v. Van Winkle

A district court granted summary judgment to an environmental group on their claim that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by failing to consider the cumulative impacts of construction...