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Primary jurisdiction

Narragansett Elec. Co. v. EPA

The First Circuit held that it lacked jurisdiction over an electric company's challenge to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determination that ferric ferrocyanide is a hazardous substance under the Comprehensive...

Coho Salmon v. Pacific Lumber Co.

The court holds that environmental organizations have standing to assert an Endangered Species Act (ESA) §9 claim against a lumber company whose timber harvesting operations are allegedly causing the take of coho salmon. The court first...

Wilson v. Amoco Corp.

The court issues a mandatoryinjunction against an oil company for extensive contamination of a river and surrounding land, but due to lack of evidence refuses to enjoin three other companies. The court first declines to invoke the...

Schwartzman, Inc. v. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry.

The court holds that the primary jurisdiction doctrine requires it to stay a landowner's claims for injunctive relief against the owner of a railroad tie treatment site for polluting the landowner's groundwater and that the landowner...