D.C. Circuit Dismisses Chicken Farm Loan Case on Standing Grounds

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Food & Water Watch against the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging the agency’s guarantee of a loan to construct a chicken farm violated the National Environmental Policy Act. The court ruled plaintiffs did not have standing because they failed to establish the claims were redressable after providing “no evidence that the lender or the farmer would apply for a new loan guarantee.” The lower court had dismissed the suit on its merits.