Description: Challenge to “supercomputer” project, including on grounds that it failed to look at direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions.
Save Strawberry Canyon v. U.S. Department of Energy
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/14/2011 Opinion Download Defendants' motion for summary judgment granted. The federal district court for the Northern District of California upheld the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) review of the Computational Research and Theory Facility Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Among other things, the court found that DOE had taken a hard look at direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions and had made a reasonable determination that they would not have a significant impact. The court also said that the plaintiff could not "shoehorn" standards applicable to reviews of greenhouse gas emissions under the California Environmental Quality Act into the federal NEPA review. The court also found that DOE's calculations of emissions were reasonable and not arbitrary and capricious. 08/31/2011 Reply Download Plaintiffs filed opposition to defendants' motion for summary judgment and reply in support of plaintiff's motion for summary judgment. 08/01/2011 Motion for Summary Judgment Download Defendants filed consolidated opposition to plaintiff's motion for summary judgment and cross motion for summary judgment. 07/15/2011 Opposition Download Opposition to plaintiff's motion to augment the administrative record and for judicial notice filed by federal defendants. 07/01/2011 Motion Download Notice of motion and motion to augment record or, alternately, request for judicial notice filed by plaintiff. 07/01/2011 Motion for Summary Judgment Download Motion for summary judgment filed by plaintiffs.