Wood Packaging Rule Upheld Despite Enviro Risks

Law360, New York (July 8, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed a U.S. Department of Agriculture rulemaking that the significant environmental threat posed by pests and pathogens introduced into the United States through crates, boxes and other solid wood packaging material did not necessitate the phase-in of alternative products.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, along with the states of California, Connecticut and Illinois, had argued that the Agriculture Department violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Plant Protection Act when it adopted final regulations in 2004 for the importation of...
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