Kids’ Lawsuit Over Climate Change

By Andrea Sinele* In Juliana v. United States, a group of twenty-one children ages nine to twenty-one, along with Dr. James Hansen, sued the fossil fuel industry and Executive Branch, specifically the President, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.[1] Plaintiffs allege that the offices have violated their fundamental right to a stable […]

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Water Rights and Rural Development in Washington: the Effect of the Recent Hirst Decision on Counties

By Oliva Cares* The recent Washington Supreme Court decision, Whatcom County v. W. Washington Growth Mgmt. Hr’gs Bd.[1](Hirst), appears to carry with it hefty implications for the future of water rights disputes in Washington State and for the obligations counties have under the Growth Management Act. This blog will provide a background on the decision, […]

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Catskill Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Inc. v. EPA: Will Relaxed or Proactive Permitting Govern America’s Water Transfers?

By Manas Kumar* The upcoming Second Circuit appeal for Catskill Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Inc. v. EPA (“Catskill III”) could determine the future of water pollution permits and how citizens will be able to ensure well-regulated waterways. After examining the controversy behind pollution permit waivers and the case in question and its procedural history, […]

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Vindicating Sovereign Interests by Administrative Processes in U.S. v. Texas

Jack Fitzhenry, Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law The case of U.S. v. Texas[1] is an example of how administrative law has been used to channel the frustrated energies of two sides unable to accomplish what they want by more direct means.  The Obama administration, unable to affect comprehensive immigration reform by legislative means, […]

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