This paper, which provides a current review and analysis of environmental case law as it affects the federal highway program, also informs the reader about pertinent decisions by the federal courts. Standing to sue is discussed, and the applicability of procedural requirements of federal environmental statutes to specific highway projects is considered. Failure to comply with procedural requirements and with substantive requirements of federal environmental statutes are also covered. Judicial review of agency decisions under the federal environmental statutes has been applied under varying standards depending on the particular kind of violation alleged by the plaintiff. In suits under the federal environmental statutes, the remedy sought invariably is some form of injunction barring continuation of the project. Highway cases in which injunctive remedies are discussed are mentioned. It is noted that in reading the cases, counsel should look for two points: the criteria necessary to obtain injunctive relief should be evaluated; the kinds of cases in which injunctive relief was granted should be studied. Comments are also made on bonds and attorney's fees. The National Environmental Policy Act is included in the appendix.

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