Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status

National Wildlife Federation v. Lujan

950 F.2d 765 (1991)

Case BriefRelatedOptions
From our private database of 28,700+ case briefs...

National Wildlife Federation v. Lujan

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

950 F.2d 765 (1991)

Facts

The secretary of the Interior (the secretary) (defendant) promulgated regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA), regarding the release of performance bonds after revegetation of a mining site and the termination of jurisdiction over such a site. SMCRA intended to balance protection of the environment from the effects of surface mining with the country’s need for coal energy. Surface-mining operators were required to submit a reclamation plan for their surface-mining sites. The plan was required to show how the operator intended to complete soil reconstruction and revegetation of the land. Operators were also required to post a performance bond to ensure the reclamation was completed successfully. Revegetation periods were five years in the eastern part of the country and 10 years in the western part. Under 30 C.F.R. § 700.11(d)(1), a regulatory authority was permitted to terminate its own jurisdiction over a reclamation site if all requirements imposed for a release of the performance bond were met. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) (plaintiff) challenged the validity of the secretary’s regulations. NWF argued that the regulations impermissibly terminated a regulatory authority’s jurisdiction to pursue latent violations at a reclaimed surface-mining site. The district court found that the secretary’s interpretation of the SMCRA was unreasonable and struck down the regulations. The secretary appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Randolph, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 546,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 546,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 28,700 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 546,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 28,700 briefs - keyed to 984 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership