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Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

The Fourth Circuit upheld the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' issuance of a dredge and fill permit to a surface coal mine. Environmental groups challenged the adequacy of the Corps' environmental review, arguing that the Corps violated...

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Ass'ns v. United States Department of Interior

The Ninth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court decision dismissing fishermen's NEPA claims against the Bureau of Reclamation in connection with its approval of eight interim two-year...

San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority v. Jewell

A district court granted summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on all but one claim in a lawsuit filed against the agency challenging its decision in 2013 to make certain "flow augmentation releases" (FARs) of...

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Ass'ns v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court held that commercial fishing groups may go forward with their NEPA lawsuit against the Bureau of Reclamation in a case involving the Bureau's approval of eight water delivery contracts in California's Central Valley....

Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Third Circuit held that a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers complied with NEPA, the CWA, and the CZMA in its decision to deepen the main channel of the Delaware River by five feet. The Corps' 2009 EA was neither arbitrary nor capricious...

Baykeeper v. Corps of Eng'rs

A district court preliminarily enjoined a port from dredging two areas of the San Joaquin River's Deep Water Ship Channel in Stockton, California. Environmental groups argued that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' dredge and fill permit...

Northwest Envtl. Advocates v. National Marine Fisheries Serv.

The court holds that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took the requisite "hard look" at the environmental and economic impacts of a project that would deepen the Columbia River's navigation channel from 40 feet to 43 feet and add new...

Arkansas Wildlife Fed'n v. Corps of Eng'rs

The court holds that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers complied with the National Environmental Policy Act in connection with its plan to preserve an aquifer in the Grand Prairie Region in East Central Arkansas, a major rice producing...

Edwardsen v. Department of the Interior

The court holds that the Mineral Management Service (MMS) did not violate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in promulgating a development and production plan (DPP) under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) for an...

Friends of the Fiery Gizzard v. Farmers Home Admin.

The court holds that the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) need not prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the construction of a drinking water reservoir whose only significant effect on the human environment will be...