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Grand Canyon Trust v. Tucson Elec. Power Co.

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court's dismissal of an environmental group's suit alleging that a power company was operating its electric-generating plant in violation of the CAA. The power company received a construction permit...

The Interior Department's Water 2025: Blueprint for Balance, or Just Better Business as Usual?

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR or the Bureau) observed its centennial in 2002, and celebrated 100 years of building dams and supplying water for irrigation and other purposes in the western United States.1...

Now More Than Ever: Environmental Citizen Suit Trends

Introduction

Environmental citizen suits matter. In 1970, borne in a fulcrum of necessity due to inadequate resources and resolve, and borrowing a bit from common-law qui tam without the bounty, the U.S. Congress...

Environmental Citizen Suits at Thirtysomething: A Celebration and Summit

Preface

In 1970, the U.S. Congress gave citizens the remarkable authority to file federal lawsuits as "private attorneys general" to enforce the Clean Air Act (CAA).1 Congress intended citizen...

Okanogan School Dist. #105 v. Superintendent of Pub. Instruction for Wash.

The court upholds a district court decision dismissing school districts and parents' action against the Washington state treasurer and superintendent of education to stop the state from reducing the school districts' state-mandated aid...

Save Greers Ferry Lake v. Department of Defense

The court holds that an environmental group's challenge to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' shoreline management plan is for the most part moot, but where there is a live controversy concerning the legality of boat docks constructed...

Greenpeace Found. v. Evans

The court holds that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) adequately assessed whether implementation of a bottomfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Northwest Hawaiian Islands would jeopardize the continued existence of...

National Mining Ass'n v. Department of the Interior

The court dismisses a mining association's action challenging U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) regulations concerning the use of a computerized database programmed to identify links between surface mining permit violators and...

Mississippi River Revival v. Minneapolis, Minn., City of

The court dismisses as moot a citizen suit brought under the Clean Water Act (CWA) against two cities for discharging water into the Mississippi River and related waterways without national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES...

Mancuso v. Consolidated Edison Co. of N.Y.

The court dismisses an individual's Clean Water Act (CWA) citizen suit against an electricity company for lack of standing. The individual claimed that a company violated the CWA by discharging pollutants into Echo Bay, New York. The...