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Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail v. Federal Transit Administration

A district court granted federal and state transportation agencies' motion to dismiss a nonprofit group's challenge to a light rail project, known as the Purple Line project, that would connect suburban Maryland commuters to existing...

The Impact of Citizen Environmental Science in the United States

An increasingly sophisticated public, rapid changes in monitoring technology, the ability to process large volumes of data, and social media are increasing the capacity for members of the public and advocacy groups to gather, interpret...

Fields of Dreams: An Economic Democracy Framework for Addressing NIMBYism

Local opposition to development of socially desirable facilities is one of the most important policy challenges in the United States. Despite decades of effort, a formula to reduce “Not in My Back Yard” (NIMBY) opposition is yet to be...

Environmental Deconfliction 2019: The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019

As in prior years, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 contains a variety of provisions setting U.S. Department of Defense priorities for energy, environmental, and natural resource issues. These include...

Jam v. International Finance Corp.

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a D.C. Circuit ruling that an international development bank that financed construction of a coal-fired power plant in India was immune from a suit brought by a group of Indian villagers claiming the...

Tugaw Ranches, LLC v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court denied BLM's and the U.S. Forest Service's motion to dismiss a challenge by a cattle rancher for failing to submit land use plan amendments to protect the greater sage grouse to Congress for review. The rancher, which...

Protecting Air for Waterville v. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

The Sixth Circuit dismissed environmental groups' petition to review air pollution control permits issued by Ohio's Environmental Protection Agency for two natural gas compressor stations along a natural gas pipeline that runs from Ohio...

North American Butterfly Ass'n v. Nielsen

A district court dismissed a conservation group's suit to block the Department of Homeland Security from constructing a border wall near the National Butterfly Center in southern Texas. The group argued that the Department violated the...

Energy Transfer Equity, LP v. Greenpeace International

A district court dismissed a lawsuit alleging that protesters disrupted the construction of and damaged a crude oil pipeline, known as the Dakota Access pipeline, that runs from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline company argued that...

Physicians for Social Responsibility v. Wheeler

A district court granted EPA's motion to dismiss a challenge by scientific advocacy groups to the Agency's directive barring recipients of EPA grants from serving on any of the Agency's advisory committees. The groups argued that the...

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