The Biggest Environmental Cases Of 2014: Midyear Report

By Sean McLernon (July 24, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT) -- Courts sent a clear message to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal regulators during the first half of 2014: Stick to the letter of the law or risk having your policies shot down. Whether the issue is climate change, Superfund sites or endangered species protections, the big winners in court have focused on the statutory language.

With Congress either unwilling or unable to pass new environmental legislation, federal regulators are left to work with decades-old statutes to solve modern problems. But courts have shown that they won't let the government use that as an excuse to stray from the...

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