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Endangered Species Act (ESA)

WildEarth Guardians v. US Forest Service

ELR Case

A district court granted summary judgment for the Forest Service in environmental groups' lawsuit concerning federally permitted livestock grazing in Colville National Forest. The groups argued the Service violated NEPA and the National...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Mayorkas

ELR Case

A district court granted in part and denied in part summary judgment for an environmental group and U.S. congressman in a lawsuit concerning enforcement activity along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plaintiffs argued the Department of...

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

ELR Case

A district court denied a water district's motion to intervene in an ESA lawsuit seeking protections for longfin smelt. The water district argued it had standing to intervene because its alleged injury—a reduction in water allocation—...

Farmworkers Ass'n of Florida v. Environmental Protection Agency

ELR Case

The D.C. Circuit vacated EPA's authorization of the pesticide aldicarb for use on oranges and grapefruit in Florida. EPA had moved to remand without vacatur. The court found the Agency itself acknowledged it did not make an effects...

Conservation Congress v. United States Forest Service

ELR Case

A district court granted summary judgment for the Forest Service and FWS in an ongoing dispute over a tree-thinning project in Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Conservation groups argued the Forest Service violated NEPA by failing to...

Optimus Steel, LLC v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

ELR Case

A district court denied a steel mill owner's motion to preliminarily enjoin construction of a gas pipeline in Texas. The owner argued that the Army Corps of Engineers authorized the construction in violation of the CWA, the ESA, and...

85 FR 54281

ELR Federal Agency Update

National Family Farm Coalition v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

ELR Case

The Ninth Circuit granted in part one petition to review and denied another petition to review EPA's 2014, 2015, and 2017 decisions to register a pesticide that combines two chemicals—2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) choline salt...

Sawtooth Mountain Ranch LLC v. United States

ELR Case

A district court denied a motion to preliminarily enjoin the Forest Service from constructing a recreation trail across private property located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The property owners argued that construction of...

California v. Bureau of Land Management

ELR Case

A district court upheld BLM's rule that repealed a 2015 rule regulating hydraulic fracturing operations on federal and tribal lands. California argued that BLM's rationale that the 2015 rule was duplicative of state and tribal...