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Environmental Governance

Recent Cases

Pillars:

National Laws that Establish Minimum Standards to Address Nationwide Problems 

Doctrine: Commerce Clause Challenges to Congressional Authority 

United States v. King (2009) 

Alabama-Tombigbee Rivers Coalition v. Norton (2007) 

Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) v. USACE (2001) 

Doctrine: Fifth Amendment Claims that Regulations Cause a "Taking" of Private Property 

Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida DEP (2010) 

Rose Acre Farms, Inc. v. United States (2009) 

Brace v. United States (2007) 

Casitas Municipal Water District v. United States (2008) 

Fifth Amendment Claims that Government Orders Violate Procedural Due Process 

Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency (2012) 

General Electric Co. v. Jackson (2010) 

Doctrine: Tenth Amendment Limitations on Federal Power 

New York v. United States (1992) 

Doctrine: Eleventh Amendment State Sovereign Immunity 

Bragg v. West Virginia Coal Association (2001) 

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management v. United States (2002) 

Doctrine: Allowing Cost-Benefit Analysis to Undermine National Standards 

Entergy v. Riverkeeper (2009)

Cooperative Sharing of Federal Power with the States 

Alaska Department of Environmental Protection v. EPA (2004) 

Bragg v. West Virginia Coal Association (2001) 

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management v. United States (2002) 

Ample Latitude for State and Local Governments to Experiment and Innovate 

Doctrine: Expansive Preemption of State Law by Federal Law 

Green Mountain Chrysler v. Crombie (2007) 

Engine Manufacturers Association v. South Coast Air Quality Management District (2004) 

Doctrine: Arguing that State Action Is Preempted by Federal Foreign Policy Prerogatives 

Green Mountain Chrysler v. Crombie (2007) - State Efforts to Combat Global Warming 

Doctrine: Invoking the Compact Clause or Treaty Power to Bar State Action 

Indeck Corinth v. Paterson (2009) - Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative 

Doctrine: Wielding the "Dormant" Commerce Clause to Hinder State Law 

United Haulers Association v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority (2007) 

National Petrochemical & Refiners Association v. Goldstene (2010) 

Doctrine: Arguing for Judge-Made Limitations on Juries' Punitive Damage Awards for Environmental Injury 

Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker (2008) - Suit for Damages Following Oil Spill 

Citizen Participation in Environmental Decision-Making and Enforcement 

Doctrine: Arguing that Citizens Lack Standing to be in Court 

Connecticut v. American Electric Power Co. (2011) - Public Nuisance Claims to Combat Global Warming 

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Department of the Interior (2009) 

Summers v. Earth Island Institute (2009) - Procedural injury, national forest laws 

Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency (2007) - Procedural Injury, Clean Air Act 

DC Circuit Cases (2006-07) - Increased Risk of Harm, various laws 

Cary v. Hall (2008) (associated with Center for Biological Diversity v. Norton) 

Friends of the Earth v. Mosbacher (2005) - Procedural Injury, National Environmental Policy Act 

Doctrine: Avoiding Judicial Review through Political Question Doctrine 

Connecticut v. American Electric Power Co. (2011) - Public Nuisance Claims to Combat Global Warming 

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