Protecting the right to clean air, water, and soil for all in America against attacks from special interests and government wrongdoing
Corporations and special interests have poured millions of dollars into a coordinated effort to deny climate change and weaken the government’s ability to protect all Americans by attacking critical environmental safeguards. CAC defends every American’s right to a clean environment against such attacks.
Environmental Protection in Brief
Dakota Access Pipeline protest | John Duffy, Flickr
CAC works in the courts to defend the ability of the federal government to issue and implement environmental regulations issued to make our communities pollution-free.
Roberts’s Environmental Law Record: It’s Not Good, But Don’t Count Him Out
RELEASE: Members of Congress to Court: President Trump Can’t Cut National Monuments
The Battle for Climate Change Accountability
RELEASE: Handing Environment a Win, Court Follows Text of Clean Water Act
West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency
Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency
In 2004, Michael and Chantell Sackett purchased a vacant lot about 300 feet from Priest Lake, one of the largest lakes in Idaho. Eight years earlier, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had determined that the lot contains wetlands which qualify as “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act (CWA), meaning certain construction activities on the property would require a CWA permit. In 2007, without obtaining such a permit, the Sacketts began filling their lot with dirt and gravel to prepare for construction, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an administrative compliance order requiring them to restore the property...
- Supreme Court hears oral argument
- CAC files amicus curiae brief