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Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

The D.C. Circuit denied a petition to review PHMSA’s rule regulating disclosure requirements for railroad companies transporting hazardous materials. A company argued that the rule, which required railroads to release an aggregated...

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...

United States v. California

A district court denied summary judgment to the U.S. government in a lawsuit concerning California's cap-and-trade agreement with Quebec. The government argued the agreement violated the Treaty Clause of the U.S. Constitution because it...

Minnesota Sands, LLC v. County of Winona, Minnesota

Minnesota's high court upheld an appellate court ruling in favor of a county's zoning ordinance that bans all industrial-mineral mining, including silica-sand mining. A silica-sand mining company argued the ordinance violated the...

Maryland v. Federal Aviation Administration

The D.C. Circuit dismissed as untimely Maryland's petition to review the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) approval of new flight paths to Washington National Airport. The state argued the new flight paths, which concentrated...

Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v. BP P.L.C.

The Fourth Circuit upheld a district court order that remanded to state court the city of Baltimore's climate change case against oil companies. The city alleged it sustained climate change-related injuries, including an increase in sea...

Drewes Farms Partnership v. City of Toledo

A district court held invalid an amendment to the city of Toledo's charter that gave legal rights to Lake Erie. A local family farm argued the amendment was unconstitutionally vague and thus that it should be invalidated. The court...

Downstream Addicks and Barker (Texas) Flood-Control Reservoirs

The Court of Federal Claims held that the U.S. government was not liable for the flooding of homes near two dams managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Property owners downstream of the dams...

Jam v. International Finance Corp.

A district court held an international development bank that financed construction of a coal-fired power plant in India was immune from a suit brought by a group of Indian villagers claiming the plant polluted surrounding air, land, and...

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...

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