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Environmental Law

1985

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Nader v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Exhaustion Of Administrative Remedies: The Lesson From Environmental Cases, Marcia R. Gelpe Jan 1985

Exhaustion Of Administrative Remedies: The Lesson From Environmental Cases, Marcia R. Gelpe

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The law governing exhaustion of administrative remedies is complex and confusing and fosters needless litigation: litigation that is burdensome to the courts and costly to defendants, that adversely affects agency decision making and that by its very existence, wrongly influences courts to dispense with the exhaustion requirement. Exhaustion remains troublesome to the courts; many of the decisions are confusing and poorly reasoned. A reexamination of the exhaustion doctrine is called for, not only to indicate how the cases should be decided, but also to clarify the issues sufficiently to guide parties' behavior so that they may avoid litigation over exhaustion ...