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Environmental Law

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EPA Environmental Law Glossary, Abbreviations & Acronyms - HTML PDF

History of the Chicago River Diversion

The EPA Unitary Waters Rule

O'Reilly v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 477 F.3d 225 (5th Cir. 2007) - court file for successful NEPA challange to a FONSI for wetlands destruction


Juliana v. United States, 947 F.3d 1159 (9th Cir. 2020) - 9th Cir holds that standing fails because the court cannot redress the plaintiffs' injury.

City of Oakland v. BP PLC, 969 F.3d 895 (9th Cir. 2020) - State nuisance claims against oil companies do not state federal cause of action

Juliana v. United States, No. 6:15-CV-01517-TC, 2016 WL 6661146 (D. Or. Nov. 10, 2016) - Children have standing under public trust doctrine to bring climate action.

Kain v. Department of Environmental Protection, 474 Mass. 278, 49 N.E.3d 1124 (Mass. 2016) - MA SC Orders DEQ to Make Climate Change Regs

Util. Air Regulatory Grp. v. E.P.A., 134 S. Ct. 2427, 189 L. Ed. 2d 372 (2014) - Court limits the expansion of GHG regs under NAAQS.

Native Vill. of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., 696 F.3d 849 (9th Cir. 2012) - EPA's power to regulate GHGs preempts federal common law nusiance claims.

Coalition for Responsible Regulation, Inc. v. E.P.A., 684 F.3d 102 (D.C. Cir. 2012) - DCC upholds greenhouse gas regulations

American Electric Power Company, Inc. v. Connecticut, 131 S.Ct. 2527, 180 L.Ed.2d 435 (2011) - Federal common law claims preempted in greenhouse gas cases

Comer v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 839 F. Supp. 2d 849 (S.D. Miss. 2012) aff'd, 718 F.3d 460 (5th Cir. 2013) (affirmation)

American Elec. Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut, 131 S.Ct. 2527 (2011) - Supreme Court rejects common law claims against green house gas emitters as preempted by federal regulatory law. State nusiance claims were not brief by the parties and were remanded for review.


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