Description: Challenge to termination of wildfire mitigation grants in Bay Area in California.
Regents of University of California v. Federal Emergency Management Agency
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 06/14/2017 Complaint Download Complaint filed. University of California Regents Filed Lawsuit Challenging Termination of Wildfire Mitigation Grants. The Regents of the University of California filed a lawsuit against the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other parties after FEMA terminated three of four grants awarded in 2015 for hazardous fire risk reduction in the East Bay Hills, California. The Regents alleged that the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the grant applications had concluded that failure to move forward with all four of the grants would result in adverse impacts including climate impacts. The Regents said the FEIS indicated that supplemental environmental review should be conducted should FEMA decide not to fund all four applications. The Regents asserted that the defendants had violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement. The Regents also asserted that the defendants’ amendment of the Record of Decision violated the Administrative Procedure Act and that the defendants had violated regulations issued under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988.