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Living Rivers v. U.S. Oil Sands, Inc.

The Supreme Court of Utah dismissed an environmental group's lawsuit challenging the state's issuance of a discharge permit for a tar sands bitumen-extraction project in the Uintah Basin. The original discharge permit was granted by the...

EnergySolutions, LLC v. Utah

The Tenth Circuit held that the Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste allows its member states to exclude low-level radioactive waste from disposal at a Utah site. A disposal facility in Utah, a member state...

Shivwits Band of Paiute Indians v. Utah

The court holds that the state of Utah lacks authority to regulate billboard advertising displays erected by a Native American tribe on land held in trust by the federal government. Section 465 of the Indian Reorganization Act—the...

Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians v. Nielson

The Tenth Circuit affirmed a district court decision that Utah's statutes regulating the storage and transportation of spent nuclear fuel are preempted by federal law. Contrary to the state's arguments, the plaintiffs who challenge the...

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....

Utah Envtl. Congress v. Zieroth

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service violated the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) in its approval of a timber salvage project in the Manti-La Sal Forest in Utah, but that the court did not have jurisdiction to review...

District 22 United Mine Workers of Am. v. Utah

The court affirms in part and reverses in part a mining union's claim that the state of Utah breached a trust created for the establishment of a hospital for disabled miners by using the trust to construct a rehabilitation center for...

Chemical Weapons Working Group, Inc. v. Department of the Army

The court holds that groups who challenged a state's decision to add a company to the U.S. Department of the Army's license to operate a chemical demilitarization facility are estopped from challenging that company's licensure in...

Chemical Weapons Working Group, Inc. v. Department of the Army

The court refuses to preliminarily enjoin the U.S. Department of the Army from beginning incineration tests of chemical warfare agents at its disposal facility in Tooele, Utah. The court first holds that the asserted risks of harm due...

Hartford Accident & Indem. Co. v. U.S. Fidelity & Guar. Co.

The court, in a case of first impression under Utah law, holds that the "sudden and accidental" phrase in a comprehensive general liability policy pollution exclusion clause means abrupt or quick and unexpected or unintentional. An...