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Farmworkers Ass'n of Florida v. Environmental Protection Agency

The D.C. Circuit vacated EPA's authorization of the pesticide aldicarb for use on oranges and grapefruit in Florida. EPA had moved to remand without vacatur. The court found the Agency itself acknowledged it did not make an effects...

A Community Voice v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Ninth Circuit remanded, 2-1, a rule EPA promulgated in 2019 in response to the court's 2017 writ of mandamus directing the Agency to respond to the need for updated lead-based paint hazard standards. Nonprofit groups argued the rule...

League of United Latin American Citizens v. Regan

The Ninth Circuit granted, 2-1, environmental groups' petitions to review EPA's 2017 decision denying their 2007 petition seeking to revoke all tolerances and registrations for the insecticide chlorpyrifos and its 2019 decision denying...

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization v. Wheeler

A district court granted nonprofit groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to EPA's denial of their petitions to initiate TSCA rulemaking to expand its information-gathering process regarding asbestos-related health risks....

American Chemistry Council v. Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

A California appellate court upheld the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's (OEHHA's) decision to list bisphenol A (BPA) as a chemical known to cause reproductive toxicity under the state Safe Drinking Water and...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt

A district court dismissed for lack of standing a challenge to a 2018 FWS memorandum that withdrew a 2014 memorandum stating the Service's intent to phase out most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides and genetically modified crops (GMCs)...

Power Authority of New York v. Bouchard

The Second Circuit vacated and remanded a lower court ruling in a lawsuit concerning the discharge of thousands of gallons of oil from a submarine cable into Long Island Sound. A state public power utility company sought to recover...

National Family Farm Coalition v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Ninth Circuit granted in part one petition to review and denied another petition to review EPA's 2014, 2015, and 2017 decisions to register a pesticide that combines two chemicals—2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) choline salt...

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

The Second Circuit granted in part and denied in part a challenge to provisions of EPA's Mercury Reporting Rule that exempted certain manufacturers of mercury or mercury-added products from reporting requirements. An environmental group...

National Family Farm Coalition v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Ninth Circuit vacated EPA's 2018 decision to conditionally register three dicamba-based herbicides designed to be sprayed on genetically engineered soybeans and cotton. Nonprofit groups argued the decision violated the Federal...

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