Impact of Key Environmental Law Decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court

Attention: reporters and editors writing about Supreme Court environmental rulings

Media contact: Susan Gluss, 510.642.6936,

WHAT: Live WEBCAST Tuesday

This has been a blockbuster year in the U.S. Supreme Court for environmental law and policy. In the Term that concludes today, the Justices have decided five major environmental cases involving many of the nation’s most important environmental laws.

Berkeley Law experts will assess the impact of these recent rulings and the dissonance between the High Court and the Ninth Circuit on environmental law and policy. The final segment of the 90-minute Webcast will analyze the Robert’s Court’s overall environmental law record to date, preview the Court’s upcoming Term, and assess the impact of a probable Sotomayor appointment.

The Webcast is sponsored by UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE).

WHEN: Tuesday, June 30

TIME: 10 am – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time

WHERE:  Free online Webcast:


Richard Frank, executive director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE)

Dan Farber, Berkeley Law professor and faculty co-director, CLEE; director, Environmental Law Program

Holly Doremus, Berkeley Law professor and faculty co-director, CLEE

Eric Biber, Berkeley Law assistant professor


Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council (environmental organizations lost their challenge to the U.S. Navy’s active sonar testing program);

Summers v. Earth Island Institute (environmental groups lost their effort to block the sale of timber from fire-damaged federal lands in California);

-Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper (environmentalists lost their challenge to the EPA’s use of cost-benefit analysis for power plant projects. Note: Judge Sotomayor authored the U.S. Court of Appeals decision in this case that was reversed by a 6-3 vote of the Supreme Court);

Burlington Northern v. United States (federal government lost its case under Superfund law that would have made Shell Oil and Burlington Northern liable for cleaning up a hazardous waste site);

Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (environmentalists lost their challenge to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit that allowed a mine operator to pump mining wastes into a pristine lake).


Program is free and open to the media. To arrange interviews with any of the speakers, contact Areca Sampson,; 510.642.7235. The Webcast will be archived online after the event.

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