The oral arguments for the U.S. Department of the Interior v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will take place this Thursday, September 4, in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts.
Earlier this spring, the National Trust filed an amicus curiae brief, with the assistance of the Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, in support of Interior’s appeal. The appeal focuses on the interpretation of a key provision of the Lowell National Historical Park Act, the park’s enabling legislation, which prohibits a federal agency from issuing a permit or license for an activity that would adversely affect the resources of the park or the preservation district. The appeal is unique in that it involves two Federal agencies. Anne Nelson and Rebecca Harris from the National Trust plan to attend the arguments.
This is an important day for the Lowell National Historical Park and our partners who have been working since 1999 to preserve this historic dam -- a key element of the National Historic Landmark district. We are pleased to support such dedicated advocates of the Pawtucket Dam.