Judge Voids DOI Logging Plan Withdrawal

Law360, New York (March 31, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Thursday vacated the U.S. Department of the Interior's decision to withdraw a Bush-era plan to increase logging in western Oregon, saying the agency ignored a legal requirement to submit its plan for public review.

In remanding the decision to the DOI for further consideration, Judge John D. Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar's argument that he had inherent authority to withdraw the plan because it illegally failed to analyze the...
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