Summary of the matter addressed in the submission:

The Submitters allege that provisions of the “Fiscal Year 1995 Supplemental Appropriations, Disaster Assistance and Rescissions Act” (“Rescissions Act”) result in a failure to enforce effectively all applicable Federal environmental laws by eliminating private remedies for salvage timber sales. Specifically submitters allege that the rider in Rescissions Act 2001(a)(3) provides that salvage timber sales shall not be subject to administrative review and that the sales shall be deemed to satisfy all federal environmental and natural resource laws.

Names and citations of the environmental laws in question:

All federal environmental laws


Sierra Club, Alaska Center for the Environment, Ancient Forest Rescue, Friends of the Earth, Headwaters, Hells Canyon Preservation Council, Idaho Conservation League, Inland Empire Public Lands Council, Institute for Fisheries Resources, Klamath Forest Alliance, National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Northcoast Environmental Center, Northwest Ecosystem Alliance, Oregon Natural Resources Council, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, Pacific Rivers Council, Pilchuck Audubon Society, Portland Audubon Society, Seattle Audubon Society, Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project,Western Ancient Forest Campaign, The Wilderness Society, Earthlife Canada Foundation operating as BC Wild, Environmental Resource Centre of Alberta, Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental, Grupo de Los Cien, and Red Mexicana de Accion Frente al Libre Comercio - Represented by Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund

Submission Timeline

August 30, 1995

The Secretariat received a submission and began a preliminary analysis of it under the guidelines.

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 30/08/1995

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 30/08/1995

August 30, 1995

The Secretariat began reviewing the submission under Article 14(1)

December 8, 1995

The Secretariat notified the submitter(s) that the submission did not meet all of the Article 14(1) criteria and the submitter(s) had 30 days to provide the Secretariat with a revised submission that conforms with Article 14(1).

Determination - Secretariat Determination under Article 14 (1) authored by Secretariat on 08/12/1995

January 7, 1996

The thirty-day term expired without the Secretariat receiving a submission that conformed to Article 14(1). Under guideline 6.2, the process was therefore terminated.