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The Environment:
Steel Company v. Citizens for a Better Environment

Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
Subject: Environmental Law

Argued: Oct. 6, 1997

Decided: March 4, 1998
Vote: 9-0

At Issue: Whether a provision in a 1986 law allows people to file suit against a facility for failing to report toxic chemical leaks within a specified deadline, even if the facility has fixed the violations before they file the suit.

Decision: The justices ruled that Citizens for a Better Environment lacked standing to bring this lawsuit and both the lower court and the U.S. Supreme Court did not have jurisdiction to hear it.

Read the full text of the Steel Company v. Citizens for a Better Environment decision at the Findlaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Read the lower court decision issued by the United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit Chicago-Kent College of Law Web site.

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)



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