OPINION AND ORDER
JAMES E. DOYLE, District Judge.
This is a civil action in which plaintiffs seek to enjoin defendants from operating and maintaining Project Sanguine, a signal system test facility in the vicinity of Clam Lake, Wisconsin.
In their amended complaint, plaintiffs allege that jurisdiction is conferred upon this court by 28 U.S.C. §§ 1651 and 1331. Section 1651 provides that
It is well established that the purpose of § 1651 is to effectuate established jurisdiction, not to enlarge jurisdiction. 6 J.Moore, Federal Practice, Para. 54.10 , at 64 (2d Ed.1953). The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that
See also Hyde Construction Co. v. Koehring Co., 348 F.2d 643, 648 (10th Cir. 1965), reversed on other grounds, 382 U.S. 362, 86 S.Ct. 522, 15 L.Ed.2d 416 (1966), cert. denied 385 U.S. 949, 87 S.Ct. 323, 17 L.Ed.2d 227 (1966).
Section 1331 provides:
Plaintiffs do not contend that this matter arises under either the Constitution or the treaties of the United States. Instead, from the amended complaint, briefs, and oral argument of plaintiffs, it appears that they allege that the case arises under the laws of the United States for the following reasons: (1) RCA has received no authorization from the Federal Communications Commission to construct and operate Project Sanguine; (2) by authorizing the construction of the Project Sanguine Clam Lake facility, Laird has abused his discretionary power to delegate authority; and (3) the defendants have failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
The provisions of Chapter 5, "Wire or Radio Communication," Title 47, United States Code, apply to
The complaint does not allege interstate and foreign communication by radio or interstate and foreign transmission of energy by radio. Neither do plaintiffs allege interstate and foreign communication by wire which, according to the definition in 47 U.S.C. § 153(a), requires transmission by wire between the points of origin and reception of the transmission. Therefore, since on the face of the complaint the Clam Lake facility is outside the scope of Title 47, Chapter 5, it follows that no statute contained therein requires prior authorization of the Federal Communications Commission.
The Secretary of the Navy "is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for the operation and efficiency of the Department." 10 U.S.C. § 5031(a). Section 7203 of Title 10, United States Code, authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to "make such expenditures as he considers appropriate for scientific investigation and research." There is no allegation in the complaint that Project Sanguine is not considered by the Secretary of the Navy to be an appropriate subject of scientific investigation and research.
The National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq., was enacted January 1, 1970. Section 4332 provides in relevant part:
The complaint contains no allegation that "the worldwide and long-range character of environmental problems" was not recognized, nor do plaintiffs allege that appropriate support, consistent with the foreign policy of the United States, was not lent to "initiatives, resolutions, and programs designed to maximize international cooperation in anticipating and preventing a decline in the quality of mankind's world environment." Thus, there is no showing that the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 have not been met. Accordingly, I find that the complaint does not raise a substantial federal question, and that this case does not arise under the laws of the United States.
The requirements of Section 1331 are not fulfilled for another reason: there is no allegation in the amended complaint that the amount in controversy exceeds $10,000, exclusive of interest and costs. A prerequisite to jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1331 is that the complaint contain an averment that the matter in controversy exceed $10,000. Bussie v. Long, 383 F.2d 766 (5th Cir. 1967); Giancana v. Hoover, 322 F.2d 789 (7th Cir. 1963); Hornbeak v. Hamm, 283 F.Supp. 549 (M.D.Ala. 1968) (3 judge panel), aff'd 393 U.S. 9, 89 S.Ct. 47, 21 L.Ed.2d 14 (1968); Wahpeton Professional Services, P.C. v. Kniskern, 275 F.Supp. 806 (D.N.D.1967). However, according to some authorities, including the Seventh Circuit, even without such an averment, I may assert jurisdiction so long as there is something to indicate that the amount in controversy exceeds $10,000. Congress of Racial Equality v. Clemmons, 323 F.2d 54 (5th Cir. 1963); Giancana v. Hoover, supra.
Evaluating the amount in controversy in injunction cases often presents difficulties. See 1 W. Barron and A. Holtzoff, Federal Practice and Procedure 104-105 (Rules Ed.1960). The Seventh Circuit has adopted the "plaintiff's viewpoint rule," i. e., the amount in controversy is to be measured by the benefit to the plaintiff: "[T]he existence of such `value' is to be measured by that which the plaintiffs seek to gain by their action—the pecuniary consequences to them (citations omitted)" Breault v. Feigenholtz, 380 F.2d 90, 92 (7th Cir. 1967), cert. denied 389 U.S. 1014, 88 S.Ct. 591, 19 L.Ed.2d 660 (1967).
When evaluated from the plaintiff's viewpoint, the amount in controversy in this matter does not exceed $10,000. The complaint alleges "[t]hat the operation of [Project Sanguine] has interfered with and will continue to interfere with the telephone service [of] plaintiff, Charles H. Stoddard, at his residence in Minong, Wisconsin." It is clear that some unspecified interference with his residential telephone could not entitle plaintiff Stoddard to recover in excess of $10,000. Under the plaintiff's viewpoint rule, I find it a "legal certainty" that less than $10,000 is at issue in this controversy. City of Boulder v. Snyder, 396 F.2d 853, 856 (10th Cir. 1968), cert. denied, 393 U.S. 1051, 89 S.Ct. 692, 21 L.Ed.2d 693 (1969).
Accordingly, the motion to dismiss is granted as to both defendants, and this case is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.