Jekyll Island Lawsuit Can End Legal Tool
Court Case Might Weaken Environmental Advocacy Groups
A legal tool was being debated by the Georgia Supreme Court that has been helpful for Jekyll Island advocates. Walter Jones of the Morris News Service filed this article with Athens Online. GreenLaw Attorney Steve Caley discussed the ramifications of the decision.
“Depending on the reasoning the court could adopt, it could be a blow to anyone who wants to sue the government,” said Steve Caley, senior attorney with GreenLaw, a foundation that often files lawsuits to fight for its environmental battles.
For instance, GreenLaw used the same type of lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Division for allowing King America Finishing to continue operating a fire-retardant plant even though it did not have the required permit for discharging into the Ogeechee River. Other groups have used similar suits to try to block construction of power plants and other actions that often were not politically popular.