COSTLE v. PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

No. 78-1472.

445 U.S. 198 (1980)

COSTLE, ADMINISTRATOR, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY v. PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION ET AL.

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 18, 1980.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William Alsup argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs were Solicitor General McCree, Assistant Attorney General Moorman, Deputy Solicitor General Claiborne, Angus Macbeth, and Raymond W. Mushal.

Robert K. Best argued the cause for respondents. With him on the brief for respondents Pacific Legal Foundation et al. were Ronald A. Zumbrun and Thomas E. Hookano, Burt Pines and Frederick N. Merkin filed a brief for respondent City of Los Angeles.


MR. JUSTICE BLACKMUN delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case, in a sense, is a tale of a great city's—and the Nation's—basic problems in disposing of human waste. "How" and "where" are the ultimate questions, and they are intertwined. The issues presently before the Court, however, center in the administrative processes by which the city and the Nation seek to resolve those basic problems.

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