Enviros Sue BLM For Fast-Tracking Road Clearance In Oregon

Law360, New York (August 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT) -- Environmentalists sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday in hopes of forcing a stronger review of plans to clear hundreds of miles of overgrown vehicle routes in southeast Oregon, the latest challenge to Uncle Sam's stewardship of public lands in the area.

The Oregon Natural Desert Association is accusing top brass in the BLM's Burns, Ore., District of making unjustified use of so-called categorical exclusions, which allow greatly abbreviated study of agency actions when few environmental impacts are seen as likely. Since last year,...
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