DC Circ. Sinks Alaska's Bid To Block Future 'Roadless Rules'

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (November 16, 2021, 5:59 PM EST) -- The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday dismissed as moot Alaska's challenge to a federal rule — since rescinded by the Trump administration — that blocked construction of new roads in a national forest in the state.

Alaska had wanted the appeals court to allow the litigation to continue, and had asked the judges to issue a ruling that would prevent a similar rule from taking effect in the future. But a unanimous panel found that because the U.S. Forest Service withdrew the sections of the so-called Roadless Rule that applied to Tongass National Forest in Alaska, and because the state's arguments to...

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