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European Commission v. Federal Republic of Germany, Case C 142/16 (April 26, 2017)

European Commission v. Federal Republic of Germany, Case C 142/16 (April 26, 2017)
European Court of Justice
 

German officials authorized construction of the Moorburg coal-fired power plant in the port of Hamburg along the Elbe River.  The river serves as the migratory route for fish listed in Annex II of the European Union (EU) Habitats Directive. 

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Earthlife Africa Johannesburg v. Minister of Environmental Affairs and others, Case no. 65662/16 (2017)

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg v. Minister of Environmental Affairs and others, Case no. 65662/16 (2017)

 

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg sought judicial review of a decision by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) granting an environmental authorization for a coal-fired power plant and of decision by the Minister of Environmental Affairs not to withdraw the authorization as part of an appeal of the authorization.

 

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Ironstone Community Action Group Inc v. NSW Minister for Planning and Duralie Coal Pty Ltd

Ironstone Community Action Group Inc v. NSW Minister for Planning and Duralie Coal Pty Ltd (2011) NSWLEC 195 (10 November 2011)

 

This was an appeal brought by a third party objector (ICAG) against the Minister of Planning’s decision to approve the extension of an existing coal mine. The objections raised in this appeal focused on the impacts of the coal mine extension on biodiversity (especially the threatened Giant Barred Frog), water quality impacts, health impacts from particulate matter, noise pollution, and dust emissions.

 

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Montana Environmental Information Center v. Montana Department of Environmental Quality

In Montana Environmental, Bull Mountain Development Company proposed to build a coal-fired power plant near a Class I area, which included parks, wilderness areas, and an Indian reservation. Id. at 512. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the federal land manager (FLM), which is directly responsible for managing a Class I area, determined that the proposed coal-fired plant would adversely impact the visibility of a Class I area.

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