Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness Watch have filed suit against the Forest Service, alleging that the agency’s decision to authorize livestock grazing in the Apache-Sitgreaves and Gila National Forests violates the National Environmental Policy Act.
Groups Challenge Livestock Grazing in New Mexico and Arizona
Fishing Group Says Telephone Company Polluting Lake Tahoe
The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance has filed suit against Pacific Bell Telephone Company, accusing the company of abandoning damaged telecommunications cables in Lake Tahoe, leading to lead pollution.
Groups Challenge Florida’s Clean Water Act Permitting Scheme under ESA
The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Florida Wildlife Federation, Miami Waterkeeper, and St. Johns Riverkeeper have filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, and related individuals challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Florida’s application to assume jurisdiction over Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The complaint also alleges that the Fish and Wildlife Service failed to ensure no jeopardy to listed species and that the Army Corps of Engineers acted arbitrarily and capriciously.
Federal Judge Rules White House Must Release CEQ Documents
A Virginia federal judge has ruled that the White House Council on Environmental Quality must release documents related to the agency’s overhaul of the National Environmental Policy Act to the Southern Environmental Law Center
California Resident Sues Smithfield over Water Pollution
A resident of California has filed suit against Smithfield Foods, alleging that runoff from the company’s slaughterhouses is impacting his ability to enjoy the local scenery and having larger impacts on wildlife.
Tribe Cannot Block Keystone Pipeline Construction
A Montana federal judge has denied the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s efforts to block construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline, writing that Plaintiffs failed to properly distinguish between the impacts of one section of the pipeline and those of the entire pipeline.
Wildearth Guardians Brings Suit Challenging APHIS Wildlife Services Program
Wildearth Guardians has filed suit against the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service, arguing that the agency’s routine practice of killing predators and other species violates under the National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality regulations, and Administrative Procedure Act.
State Attorneys General Threaten ESA Suit Over New NEPA Regulations
A group of state attorneys general have notified the federal government that it intends to file a challenge under the Endangered Species Act to the administration’s recent overhaul of regulations under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Environmental Groups Challenge EPA’s Enforcement of Cleanup Plans
A coalition of environmental groups has filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that the agency has failed to enforce cleanup goals in the Chesapeake Bay.
ALDF Challenges Water Usage at Poultry Slaughterhouse
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed suit against Foster Poultry Farms, alleging that the company is using 3-4 million gallons of drinking water every day from a drought-hit region of California for use in its cruel “electric immobilization” practice. ALDF argues that this use is in violation of Section 2 of the California Constitution and prevents water from being put to its maximum beneficial use.