Tag: EIS

Ninth Circuit Rejects NEPA Challenges to Los Angeles Metro’s Light Rail Extension Project

In Japanese Village, LLC v. Federal Transit Administration, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21700, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s rulings and rejected NEPA challenges to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (“Metro”) approval for a 1.9-mile light rail extension line in downtown Los Angeles. The project was proposed to be funded by the Federal … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Requires 2004 EIS to Include Higher Level of Analysis of Environmental Impacts on Fish, While Finding the Analysis of Environmental Impacts on Amphibians Sufficient

In January 2001, the United States Forest Service (Forest Service) issued an environmental impact statement (EIS) recommending amendments to the Forest Plans in the Sierras Madre Mountains (2001 EIS) to conserve and repair the riparian and amphibian habitat. By November 2001, the Forest Service reviewed the 2001 EIS and its proposed alternatives, and made several … Continue Reading

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Retains Discretion to Select the Appropriate Baseline for Environmental Review of its Shorezone Amendments

TRPA adopted amendments to the shorezone regulations in 2008, setting development caps on the number of new buoys and piers allowed in Lake Tahoe, and certified an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the amendments. The League to Save Lake Tahoe and Sierra Club (Plaintiffs) challenged filed a lawsuit, alleging that the EIS failed to explain … Continue Reading

Court Holds Res Judicata Bars NEPA and ESA Challenges to Guidelines Adopted by State Department

In Turtle Island Restoration Network v. U.S. Dept. of States (9th Cir. 2012) 2012 U.S.LEXIS 3263, the Ninth Circuit Court determined that res judicata barred Turtle Island Restoration Network (“TIRN”) from bringing a challenge under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) and Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) because an organization for which TIRN was formally a … Continue Reading

Federal District Court Grants Summary Judgment in Agency’s Favor on NEPA Issues and in Plaintiff’s Favor on Wilderness Act Issues

In High Sierra Hikers Association v. United States Department of the Interior (N.D.Cal. 2012) 848 F. Supp. 2d 1036, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division, addressed whether the National Park Service (NPS) adequately assessed the environmental consequences of its General Management Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National … Continue Reading
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