Description: Challenge to environmental assessment for upgrading naval facility on grounds that it did not address climate change.
San Diego Navy Broadway Complex Coalition v. Department of Defense
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 10/17/2012 Order Download Order issued granting defendants' motion for summary judgment. A community group commenced a lawsuit against the Department of Defense concerning its revocation of naval administrative facilities in downtown San Diego that included the development of 3.25 million square feet of space. Among other things, the coalition alleged that a 2009 environmental assessment prepared pursuant to NEPA failed to address climate change impacts related to the development, alleging that the project will emit approximately 69,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases and that the assessment failed to quantify any proposed reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment, holding that the assessment set forth an 11-page discussion of climate change issues which included a discussion of actions to be taken to reduce the number of vehicle trips, building energy efficiency, vehicle fuel efficiency, and renewable energy.