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The Department of Defense's Responsibilities For Post-Conflict Restoration

The United States’ federal environmental laws and many international treaties protecting the environment apply to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), both within the United States and at permanent overseas military installations....

Martinez v. Chicago, City of

A district court denied plaintiffs' motion to preliminarily enjoin the city of Chicago from issuing any permits or approvals in connection with the relocation of a recycling facility from the north side to the southeast side of the city...

Making America A Better Place for All: Sustainable Development Recommendations for the Biden Administration

In 2015, the United Nations Member States, including the United States, unanimously approved 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. The SDGs are nonbinding; each nation is to implement them based on its...

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. National Park Service

A district court denied the National Park Service's (NPS') motion to dismiss a challenge to its issuance of a policy memorandum concerning the use of electric-assisted bicycles (e-bikes) in national parks. Environmental groups argued...

Humane Society International v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court granted summary judgment for a nonprofit group in a lawsuit seeking FOIA disclosure of records maintained by FWS regarding the import and export of wildlife. The group challenged the Service's redaction of certain...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court denied motions for summary judgment in a lawsuit seeking FOIA disclosure of records regarding an order issued by the Secretary of the Interior concerning the federal coal program. An environmental group argued that DOI...

United States Fish and Wildlife Service v. Sierra Club, Inc.

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed, 7-2, a circuit court ruling that draft biological opinions were not exempt from a FOIA request related to FWS' and NMFS' consultations with EPA for a proposed rule regarding cooling water intake...

State Clean Transportation Initiatives

The United States is experiencing a wave of state-led clean transportation initiatives that are gaining substantial momentum. Faced with insufficient federal action, states started focusing their efforts on the sector that produces the...

Confronting Disproportionate Impacts and Systemic Racism in Environmental Policy

Understanding and operationalizing the concept of disproportionate impacts are critical to the next generation of environmental justice (EJ) practice. This Article charts a pathway to better defining, articulating, and analyzing...

Leveraging Science to Inform Proactive and Reactive Risk Management

The production, transport, use, and disposal of industrial and consumer products may pose risks to human and environmental health. Product stewardship is the practice of characterizing and managing human health and...