Judge Says DOI's Preserve Committee Picks Don't Violate Law

Law360, New York (April 12, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Thursday recommended dismissing a claim that challenges the U.S. Department of Interior's allegedly unbalanced composition of a national preserve's off-road vehicle advisory committee, saying federal statutes fail to provide a meaningful standard to judge the panel's makeup.

As part of a suit contesting the National Parks Service's plan to open up portions of the Big Cypress National Preserve for off-road vehicle use, the National Parks Conservation Association alleged the preserve's ORV Advisory Committee violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act by lacking...
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