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Northwest Resource Info. Ctr. v. Northwest Power Planning Council

The court holds that the Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council (Council) violated the Northwest Power Act (NPA) §839b(h)(7) and the Administrative Procedure Act by failing to explain, in its final amendments...

Seattle Audubon Soc'y v. Lyons

The court dissolves a 1992 injunction that prevented the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) from auctioning or awarding timber sales to log suitable habitat for the northern spotted owl in Regions 5 and 6 until the Forest Service...

Nebraska v. Rural Electrification Admin.

Applying Nebraska law, the court holds that the instrument creating the Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust authorizes the trust to participate in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing hearings for two...

Earth Island Inst. v. Christopher

The court holds unconstitutional the requirement in §609(a) of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Appropriations Act of 1990 that the executive branch initiate discussions with foreign nations to...

Portland Audubon Soc'y v. Babbitt

The court affirms a district court decision enjoining logging operations on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land containing owl habitat pending preparation of a supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS). The court first...

Region 8 Forest Serv. Timber Purchasers Council v. Alcock

The court holds that timber companies and an industry trade association lack standing to bring claims under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the National Forest Management Act (NFMA)...

Pacific N.W. Generating Coop. v. Brown

The court holds that an electric power cooperative, metal corporations, and a nonprofit corporation representing consumer-owned electric utilities lack standing to challenge the decision of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)...

Vietnamese Fishermen Ass'n of Am. v. California Dep't of Fish & Game

The court holds that the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MFCMA) preempts a California constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of gill nets for harvesting groundfish south of 38 degrees N. latitude in the federal...

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance v. Thompson

The court holds that environmental groups and private individuals are not entitled to a preliminary injunction prohibiting the U.S. Forest Service from implementing animal damage control (ADC) plans to reduce coyote populations in the...

A Tale of Sound and Fury: The Environmental Record of the 102d Congress

Editors' Summary: The 102d Congress adjourned on October 9, 1992, leaving a mixed record of environmental successes and failures. The three principal environmental statutes before it — RCRA, the FWPCA, and the ESA — all failed to...