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Sierra Club v. Babbitt
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
69 F. Supp. 2d 1202 (1999)
In 1997, a storm caused damage to Yosemite National Park. The National Park Service (NPS) (defendant) sought to repair damage caused by the storm to the stretch of Highway 140 road known as El Portal Road from Yosemite National Park’s western border to the Pohono bridge. The Sierra Club (plaintiff) sought to enjoin the NPS from reconstructing the road until the NPS had undertaken the necessary consideration of all significant environmental effects in compliance with the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 (the Organic Act). The Sierra Club alleged that the NPS violated the Organic Act because the reconstruction of El Portal Road would permanently alter the Merced River Canyon in Yosemite National Park. The Sierra Club moved for summary judgment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Ishii, J.)
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