Description: Challenge to federal coal lease sale near Bryce Canyon National Park.
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 04/16/2019 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Environmental Groups Challenged NEPA Review for Federal Coal Lease Near Bryce Canyon National Park. Six environmental and conservation organizations filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the District of Utah challenging a federal coal lease sale on public land in Utah. The complaint alleged that the lease would allow an existing coal mine on private lands located approximately 10 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park to expand to include federal lands. The complaint—which asserted claims under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)—included allegations that the federal defendants failed to assess direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts from greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, the complaint asserted that although the defendants quantified economic benefits associated with expansion of the mine, they failed to use available tools to quantify the direct or indirect impacts of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the mine. The complaint also alleged that the defendants failed to consider the project’s cumulative greenhouse gas impacts together with other coal mining projects considered and approved by the defendants.