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Bradford Township v. Illinois State Toll Highway Authority

decided: June 22, 1972.

BRADFORD TOWNSHIP ET AL., PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS,
v.
ILLINOIS STATE TOLL HIGHWAY AUTHORITY ET AL., DEFENDANTS-APPELLEES



Before Swygert, Chief Judge, Pell, Circuit Judge, and Juergens,*fn* District Judge.

Author: Juergens

This is an appeal from an order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, dismissing plaintiffs' complaint for failure to state a cause of action.

This action is to enjoin the defendants, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, from constructing the proposed extension to the East-West Toll Highway from Aurora, Illinois, to Rock Falls, Illinois.

Plaintiffs allege that the extension of the highway will greatly damage the environment in that it will cause the closing of many roads and limit access to various social and emergency services, cause pollution of the air by virtue of gas exhaustion, disruption of vital water drainage systems and patterns, and will destroy important acreage along the route it traverses, which land is exceptionally prolific farm property, very high in quality for farming purposes because of its fertility and its drought resistance.

It is alleged that the lands were previously swamp lands, which have been drained through the use of tile, and that the proposed construction of the tollway makes no provision for maintaining the drainage facilities.

Jurisdiction is alleged to exist under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. § 4321 and § 4331; the Environmental Quality Improvement Act, 42 U.S.C. § 4371; Meeting of Public Agencies Act, Chapter 102 Ill.Rev.Stat. § 42; the Civil Rights Act, Title 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

Section 4321 declares the purpose by stating:

"Sec. 2. The purposes of this Act are: To declare a national policy which will encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment; to promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the health and welfare of man; to enrich the understanding of the ecological systems and natural resources important to the Nation; and to establish a Council on Environmental Quality."

Section 4331 is in pertinent parts as follows:

"(a) The Congress, recognizing the profound impact of man's activity on the interrelations of all components of the natural environment, particularly the profound influences of population growth, high-density urbanization, industrial expansion, resource exploitation, and new and expanding technological advances and recognizing further the critical importance of restoring and maintaining environmental quality to the overall welfare and development of man, declares that it is the continuing policy of the Federal Government, in cooperation with State and local governments, and other concerned public and private organizations, to use all practicable means and measures, including financial and technical assistance, in a manner calculated to foster and promote the general welfare, to create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans.

"(b) In order to carry out the policy set forth in this Act, it is the continuing responsibility of the Federal Government to use all practicable means, consistent with other essential considerations of national policy, to improve and coordinate Federal plans, functions, programs, and resources * * *."

The Environmental Quality Improvement Act, 42 U.S.C. § 4371, provides:

" § 4371. Congressional findings, declarations, ...


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