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Mootness

Markets, Mechanisms, Institutions, and the Future of Water

Water scarcity is no longer a threat, it is a reality. Increasing populations throughout the country and the world are putting increased pressure on existing supplies of freshwater. Cities, states, and regions are scrambling to find...

Khodara Envtl., Inc. v. Beckman

The court holds that the repeal and replacement of a 1996 statutory amendment to the Federal Aviation Reauthorizaton Act governing the placement of landfills near commercial airports moots and requires vacatur of a potential landfill...

Public Utils. Comm'n of Cal. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Comm'n

The court holds moot utilities' petition to review four Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders approving three pipeline capacity sales contracts between two natural gas companies. In 1995, a customer of one gas company...

Hirt v. Richardson

The court holds that individuals' National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) suit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeking to enjoin the agency from shipping the nuclear material mixed oxide uranium (MOx), from the United...

Tinoqui-Chalola Council of Kitanemuk & Yowlumne Tejon Indians v. Department of Energy

The court holds that although the sale of an oil field in California did not moot environmental groups' claims against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for violating the Endangered Species Act's (ESA's) consultation provisions, the...

Bayou Liberty Ass'n v. Corps of Eng'rs

The court holds moot a neighborhood association's claim that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it issued a permit for the construction of a retail development. The court first holds...

Upper Black Squirrel Creek Ground Water Management Dist. v. Goss

The court holds that a groundwater management district, rather than the state water commission, has the authority to issue or refuse to issue well withdrawal curtailment orders within management district boundaries. An individual well...

Southwest Ctr. for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Forest Serv.

The court holds moot an environmental group's claim that the U.S. Forest Service violated §7(a) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) when it granted several livestock grazing permits within the Tonto National Forest without first...

Alaska Ctr. for the Env't v. U.S. Forest Serv.

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service complied with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it issued a special use permit to a helicopter-guided skiing company in Chugach National Forest in Alaska without conducting an...

Aluminum Co. of Am. v. Administrator

The court denies a petition to review the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA's) record of decision (ROD) regarding the operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS). The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)...