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Waste Action Project v. Clark County

The court holds that a county violated the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) by discharging stormwater runoff without a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The court first holds that environmental...

Adirondack League Club, Inc. v. Sierra Club

The court holds that the ability to use a river in a recreational manner should be considered in determining whether the river is navigable-in-fact in a trespass case against kayakers and canoers on the South Branch of the Moose River...

Mall at Coventry Joint Venture v. McLeod

The court holds that a state environmental agency did not have a duty to ascertain the accuracy of the location of wetlands on developers' property. The court first holds that the duty to depict accurately the location of wetlands was...

Bayou Liberty Ass'n v. Corps of Eng'rs

The court holds that an environmental group is not entitled to a preliminary injunction suspending a proposed retail development's construction permit and ordering the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prepare an environmental impact...

Amigos Bravos v. Molycorp, Inc.

The court holds that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction to review environmental groups' Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) citizen suit against a mining company allegedly discharging pollutants from its waste rock piles into...

California ex rel. Sacramento Metro. Air Quality Management Dist. v. United States

The court holds that a local air pollution control agency cannot seek civil penalties from a U.S. Air Force base for past violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and state law. The court first holds that Congress, through the CAA, did not...

Marathon Oil Co. v. United States

The court holds that the Outer Banks Protection Act's (OBPA's) temporary moratorium on oil exploration did not cause the United States to breach outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas leases with two oil companies. The court first...

Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation & Drainage Dist. v. United States

The court holds that the federal government's reallocation of a Native American tribe's excess water supply to a second tribe did not constitute a taking of irrigation districts' water rights. After the districts entered into...

Alaska Ctr. for the Env't v. West

The court upholds five general permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizing the filling of wetlands for a broad range of development activities in Anchorage, Alaska. The court first holds that the Corps satisfied the...

United States v. Hallmark Constr. Co.

The court holds that there is a constitutional and statutory basis for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assert Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) §404 jurisdiction over isolated wetlands, but a genuine issue of fact exists...