Environment: Key Legal Victory

Until recently, the U.S. landscape could be blighted by huge construction projects, especially highways, and almost nothing could be done to stop the despoliation. Now a new court decision proves that an organization of private citizens can sue to halt even the mightiest road builders—and win.

In New York last year state and fed eral engineers announced plans to put a six-lane highway along the Hudson River between Tarrytown and Crotonville. David Sive and Alfred S. Forsyth, New York environmental lawyers, duly went to work for a coalition including the Sierra Club and...

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