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TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP v. Dunavan

A state high court upheld the Nebraska Public Service Commission's determination that approval of an alternative route for a proposed oil pipeline was in the public interest. Landowners and Native American tribes argued the Commission...

Environmental Impact Assessment in China and the United States: A Comparison

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a fundamentally important part of the legal systems in both the United States and China. In this Article, the authors compare and contrast the development of EIA in the two countries, including (...

Sierra Club v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of environmental groups' lawsuit challenging the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's EIS for its updated land use plan. Applying a standard similar to the standard for evaluating an EIS under NEPA,...

California Building Ass'n v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District

The California Supreme Court held that agencies subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) generally are not required to analyze the impact of existing environmental conditions on a project's future users or residents....

North Coast Rivers Alliance v. Kawamura

A California appellate court, in an unpublished opinion, held that the California Department of Food and Agriculture's environmental impact report (EIR) for a seven-year program to control the light brown apple moth, an invasive pest,...

Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish & Wildlife

The Supreme Court of California held that the state fish and wildlife agency violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the California Fish and Game Code when it approved a large development project in northwest Los...

Quinault Indian Nation v. Imperium Terminal Services, LLC

A Washington appellate court upheld an administrative board decision invalidating the Department of Ecology's and a city's threshold determinations for two crude oil terminal development projects under the State Environmental Policy Act...

Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley

The California Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision that a developer's proposal to demolish an existing home and build a 10,000 square-foot single-family home on the lot may not be categorically exempt from environmental review...

CREED-21 v. City of San Diego

A California appellate court ordered the dismissal of an environmental group's California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit against a city in connection with emergency storm drain repair and revegetation projects. Following a...

The Maryland Environmental Policy Act: Resurrecting a Tool for Environmental Protection

Maryland’s version of the National Environmental Policy Act has lain essentially dormant because its environmental assessment requirements only apply to actions required or requested by the legislature. While it is unclear whether the...

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