UPDATE: Environmental Lawsuits in the News

Green Advocates File Lawsuit Against Environmental Protection Agency and Trump Administration

http://kunm.org/post/green-advocates-file-lawsuit-against-environmental-protection-agency-and-trump-administrationThis is just another example of the Trump Administration working to undo Obama-era regulations, she said.

The lawsuit claims the EPA does not have the authority to pull the plug on the standards and that methane emissions expose people to adverse …

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Judge: Federal laws don’t shield Oregon from timber lawsuit

http://www.wallowa.com/wcc/capital-bureau/20170608/judge-federal-laws-dont-shield-oregon-from-timber-lawsuitFourteen counties and roughly 130 tax districts are involved in a $1.4 billion lawsuit that accuses Oregon’s government of insufficiently logging state forests.

A judge has ruled federal environmental statutes don’t shield the state from potential damages.

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Lawsuit challenges Forest Service project in Elkhorns

http://helenair.com/news/natural-resources/lawsuit-challenges-forest-service-project-in-elkhorns/article_b530e516-bf9f-56b5-89d9-4304a476af0d.htmlThe lawsuit argues that use of a categorical exclusion is inappropriate and the Forest Service should have completed further environmental analysis.

Specifically, the councils contend that the agency must consider cumulative impacts of the project in …

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Cayuga County Farm Bureau to county legislators: Don’t support lawsuit against DEC

http://auburnpub.com/news/local/cayuga-county-farm-bureau-to-county-legislators-don-t-support/article_9b39c382-d096-53cd-aae2-2bf2602c43e8.htmlEarthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization representing multiple advocacy groups, filed a complaint against the DEC in April regarding the state’s updated Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permit for large farms operating in watersheds.

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Environmental groups try to block Montana mine expansion

WildEarth Guardians and the Montana Environmental Information Center say in their lawsuit that the U.S. Interior Department’s environmental review was shoddy, and argue the federal official who authorized the Spring Creek Mine expansion didn’t have the …

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Group sues Virginia environmental agency over pipeline permitting

http://www.richmond.com/news/group-sues-virginia-environmental-agency-over-pipeline-permitting/article_e782a890-1a30-544f-8e27-235273adcf42.htmlThe state can issue a certification for the Nationwide Permit 12 program only “if it can assure that the activities authorized by the corps permit will uphold state WQS (water-quality standards),” the lawsuit says.

“If the state cannot make this …

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Court of Appeals favors Saginaw residents in Dow Chemical dioxin lawsuit

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2017/06/court_of_appeals_favors_sagina.htmlSAGINAW, MI
The Michigan Court of Appeals has favored property owners along the Tittabawassee River last week in a lawsuit nearly 15 years old.

Michigan environmental regulators reported that Dow Chemical’s dioxin pollution in the river in 2002 and …

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Trump’s EPA hit with lawsuit over suspension of oil- and gas-drilling rules

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/05/conservation-groups-sue-epa-over-stay-of-oil-and-gas-drilling-rules.htmlA group of conservation organizations sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, saying the agency unlawfully suspended Obama-era rules to cut methane pollution.

The lawsuit is another sign that environmentalists intend to use the courts to …

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