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Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

The Fifth Circuit dismissed environmental groups' challenge to EPA's issuance of a CWA general permit authorizing discharges from oil and gas facilities operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental groups argued that EPA violated NEPA...

Oregon Cattlemen's Association v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit reversed the denial of an environmental group's motion to intervene in a lawsuit challenging EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 2015 Clean Water Rule. The court found that the group...

Natural Resources Defense Council v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

A district court denied environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit seeking FOIA disclosure of an EPA computer model related to its rollback of Obama-era greenhouse gas emission standards for vehicle manufacturers....

California Communities Against Toxics v. Environmental Protection Agency

The D.C. Circuit dismissed a challenge to a 2018 EPA memo that interpreted §112 of the CAA to mean that major sources of toxic emissions could reclassify to area sources and thereby ease their regulatory obligations. California and...

Western Watersheds Project v. Interior Board of Land Appeals

An Idaho district court transferred venue in a challenge to BLM's decision to renew livestock grazing permits for an allotment in northern Utah and to the Interior Board of Land Appeals' (IBLA's) reinstatement of that decision. An...

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy v. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

In an unpublished opinion, a state appellate court upheld the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' rules under which the permit for a copper-nickel-platinum mine was issued. Environmental groups challenged the rules, asserting...

Free Trade, Fair Trade, and Selective Enforcement

The notion of “fair” trade implies that trade agreements should protect values other than pure trade liberalization. But which values must be protected in order for trade to be “fair”? This Article makes two novel contributions. First,...

Selective Enforcement of Trade Laws: A Problem in Need of Fixing to Advance Environmental Goals?

Prof. Timothy Meyer has written a thought-provoking article about how governments selectively enforce trade laws in ways that undermine environmental interests. He argues trade enforcement against products with social benefits (i.e.,...

Fixing a Broken System That Promotes Climate Change and Depletion of Global Fisheries: WTO Subsidy Reform Is Just the Tip of the (Melting) Iceberg

Our planet is hurtling toward dramatic and devastating impacts from climate change caused in large part by our reliance on fossil fuels. Meanwhile, liberalized trading rules have promoted a global economy heavily reliant on trade, which...

Local Control Is Now “Loco” Control

Cities have become a critical source of innovation across a wide array of policy areas that advance inclusion, equitable opportunity, and social justice. In the absence of state and federal action, cities and other local governments...

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