FEMA, Enviros Can't Get Rubber Stamp On Flood Program Deal

Law360, New York (March 13, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT) -- An Arizona federal judge on Tuesday declined to sign off on a $170,000 settlement ending WildEarth Guardians’ suit against the Federal Emergency Management Agency over the environmental impact of its National Flood Insurance Program, saying he had no power to approve the settlement.

U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake said the two groups could privately settle the lawsuit — which alleges structures FEMA built as part of its flood prevention program are hurting endangered species in Arizona — but that he could not issue an order...
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