Disaster-Relief Funds

A federal court in California ruled against environmental groups’ that claimed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development used outdated environmental impact statements when it approved the use of disaster relief funds for a logging project and a new biomass plant. The court denied the groups’ motions for a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order, finding the alleged environmental injuries do not “necessarily outweigh the economic concerns.”

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Fair Housing

The Port Arthur Community Action Network et al. sued the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, et al. in federal court, claiming they discriminated against poor, minority renters by letting only property owners apply for $5.6 billion in HUD recovery money after Hurricane Harvey.

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Biomass Power

The Earth Island Institute sued the U.S. Department of Housing and Development in federal court, claiming it used outdated Environmental Impact Statements when the co-defendant California Department of Housing and Community Development used disaster relief funds to build a new biomass power plant that would use resources of the Stanislaus National Forest, after a California wildfire.

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