Sierra Club, et al v. DOT

Filing 920090420

Opinion

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FOR PUBLICATION UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT THE SIERRA CLUB FOUNDATION; PUBLIC CITIZEN; ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOUNDATION; BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS AND AUTO TRUCK DRIVERS LOCAL NO. 70, Petitioners, v. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION; RAYMOND L. LAHOOD,* Secretary of Transportation; ROSE A. MCMURRAY,** Acting Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondents. No. 07-73415 FMCSA No. 07-1355 *Raymond L. LaHood is substituted for his predecessor, Mary E. Peters, as Secretary of Transportation. Fed. R. App. P. 43(c)(2). **Rose A. McMurray, Acting Administrator, is substituted for her predecessor, John H. Hill, who was the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Fed. R. App. P. 43(c)(2). 4461 4462 SIERRA CLUB v. DOT OWNER-OPERATOR INDEPENDENT DRIVERS ASSOCIATION, INC., Petitioner, v. FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, Respondent. No. 07-73987 FMCSA No. 07-1355 ORDER On Petition for Review of an Order of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Argued and Submitted February 12, 2008--San Francisco, California Filed April 20, 2009 Before: Dorothy W. Nelson, Andrew J. Kleinfeld and Michael Daly Hawkins, Circuit Judges. COUNSEL Jonathan Weissglass, Altshuler Berzon LLP, San Francisco, California, for petitioners The Sierra Club Foundation, Public Citizen, Environmental Law Foundation, and Brotherhood of Teamsters and Auto Truck Drivers Local No. 70. Paul D. Cullen, Sr., The Cullen Law Firm, Washington, D.C., for petitioner Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Inc. Irene M. Solet, United States Department of Justice, Civil Appellate Division, Washington, D.C., for the respondents. SIERRA CLUB v. DOT 4463 ORDER Petitioners Sierra Club, et al., and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association petition this court for review of the notice of intent by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") to proceed with a pilot program to authorize up to 100 Mexico-domiciled carriers to operate beyond the border zone. We dismiss because this petition is now moot. While the petition was pending, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 111-8, 123 Stat. 524. Section 136 of that legislation prohibits the use of funds appropriated under it "to establish, implement, continue, promote or in any way permit" a demonstration program like the one at issue in this case. Pursuant to 136, the FMCSA has terminated the existing demonstration program. Even if Congress does not impose the same limitation in future fiscal years, any new pilot program the FMCSA might initiate in the future would likely present different questions of statutory and regulatory requirements than the now terminated program and would likely not fall into the "yet evading review" category. Accordingly, the petition for review is moot. DISMISSED. PRINTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE--U.S. COURTS BY THOMSON REUTERS/WEST--SAN FRANCISCO The summary, which does not constitute a part of the opinion of the court, is copyrighted 2009 Thomson Reuters/West.

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