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Judge rules against BLM on 4 Idaho grazing permits

A federal judge has ruled in favor of an environmental group seeking to reverse the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to renew four grazing permits involving 48,000 acres in the Pahsimeroi River Watershed in central Idaho.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in a decision issued Wednesday agreed with Hailey-based Western Watersheds Project that the BLM had violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to fully analyze potential consequences.

Lodge wrote that the BLM’s disregarding of the law undermined the agency’s credibility.

Lodge gave the BLM one year to revise its analysis, consider public comments, and reissue decisions.

Lodge says that will also give those granted the grazing permits time to plan for future operations.

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