Description: Challenge to highway widening project in California.
Pacificans for a Scenic Coast v. California Department of Transportation
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/02/2016 Order Download Summary judgment granted to plaintiffs on Endangered Species Act claims and to Caltrans on NEPA, the Coastal Zone Management Act, and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act claims. The federal district court for the Northern District of California ruled against the plaintiffs on their National Environmental Policy Act claims but found violations of the Endangered Species Act. 06/23/2016 Opposition Download Opposition filed by plaintiffs to Caltrans' cross-motion for summary judgment and reply memorandum in support of plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment. 05/08/2015 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Three environmental advocacy organizations commenced a lawsuit in the federal district court for the Northern District of California against federal and state agencies that authorized a freeway widening project in the City of Pacifica, California. The plaintiffs alleged, among other things, that the environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act for the project failed to determine the significance of project greenhouse gas emissions and had failed to describe, estimate, or calculate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the project's construction phase.