Nev. Solar Project Gets 9th Circ. Nod Over Tortoise Concerns

Law360, New York (May 18, 2017, 6:49 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Thursday rejected an environmental group’s challenge to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s approval of First Solar Inc.'s project in Nevada, finding no fault with the government’s assessment that the effort would not adversely affect the local desert tortoise population’s habitat.

Defenders of Wildlife had alleged that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management violated the Endangered Species Act and the Administrative Procedures Act by issuing an inadequate biological opinion about the effect of the Silver State...
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