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Environmental Articles

Environmental Impact Statements

Sound bites taken from Environmental Impact Statements can be fodder for cocktail parties and editorial pages for years after the project for which they were written has faded into the background. The development projects that threatened the habitat for the snail darter and the spotted owl are a distant memory, but the names of the species still seem fresh. Endangered species whose names show up on Environmental Impact Statements get the most attention. Because they receive such protection from their classification, federal wildlife authorities have had to be particularly careful when they add a species to the list or decide to take one off.

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Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an agency of the federal government whose mission it is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment, including the air, water, and land on which our quality of life depends. For more than thirty years, the EPA has worked toward a cleaner, healthier environment for all Americans. Despite its efforts, people and property are injured as a result of air pollution, land and water contaminated by hazardous materials, and chemical and oil spills. When such injuries arise, attorneys experienced in environmental law can help injured parties recover damages or defend the parties alleged to have caused the damage.

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Environmental Law Case Summaries

[12/05] Monterey Coastkeeper v. Monterey County Water Resources Agency
Reversing a judgment granting the petition for writ of mandate in the case of a nonprofit organization alleging that the Monterey County Water Resources Agency had violated the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act by failing to report waste discharge with respect to agricultural pollutants in a ditch and drain system because the nonprofit failed to exhaust its administrative remedies.

[12/04] Evans v. US
Affirming the dismissal of a case in which a man complained about the destruction of his shade trees by the government, seeking to contain a beetle infestation, because the act qualified for sovereign immunity under the discretionary function exception.

[12/04] Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Affirming the judgment on an appeal from the post-remand judgment of a case involving highly contested proposed development plans because the Public Resources Code does not prohibit partial decertification of an environmental impact report, nor does it prohibit leaving project approvals in place while decertifying a report..

[12/04] Navajo Nation v. Department of the Interior
Affirming in part and reversing in part the district court's dismissal of a Navajo Nation complaint and motion for relief challenging the Department of the Interior's published guidelines clarifying how it would make shortage and surplus determinations used in relation to decisions to deliver water from the Colorado River to Western states, affirming the dismissal of claims for lack of Article III standing because it wasn't reasonably probable that the guidelines would threaten the Nation's rights, but remanding breach of trust claims because they were not barred by sovereign immunity.

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