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Environmental assessment (EA)

Sierra Club v. Mainella

A district court granted in part and denied in part cross-motions for summary judgment in a case challenging the National Park Service's (NPS') decision to exempt from agency oversight directional drilling activities in and around Big...

Louisiana Crawfish Producers Ass'n-W. v. Rowan

The court upholds a lower court decision that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' environmental assessment (EA) for a section of the Atchafalaya Basin, a flood control area in Louisiana, complies with the National Environmental Policy Act...

Save Our Cumberland Mountains v. Kempthorne

The court upholds an Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) permit allowing a coal company to mine roughly 1,100 acres in the Cumberland River watershed of northeastern Tennessee. An environmental group argues that...

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace v. NRC

The court holds that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by categorically refusing to consider the environmental effects of a potential terrorist attack in connection with its...

TOMAC v. Norton

A district court held that the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA's) supplemental environmental assessment (EA) and revised finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposed casino on Native American land held in trust by the United...

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Ctr. v. Bureau of Land Management

The Ninth Circuit held that the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) environmental assessments (EAs) for two timbers sales in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EAs do not...

Roseville, City of v. Norton

The court holds that the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) did not violate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) when it authorized and issued a finding of no significant impact for...

Grand Canyon Trust v. Federal Aviation Admin.

The court holds that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) failed to adequately consider the cumulative impacts on the natural quiet of Zion National Park in its environmental assessment (EA) for a nearby airport expansion project....

League of Wilderness Defenders v. Zielinski

The court issues a preliminary injunction halting salvage logging on fire-charred lands in Oregon until the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) resolves serious questions raised by environmental groups as to whether the agency complied with...

Friends of Richards-Gebaur Airport v. Federal Aviation Admin.

The court denies petitions to review the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) decisions to categorically exclude the closure of a Missouri city's airport from the National Environmental Policy Act's (NEPA's) environmental...