Garfield County, a Political Subdivision of the State Ofutah, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Sierra Club, Intervenor-defendant-cross-claimant-appellee,national Parks and Conservation Association, a Nonprofitorganization; Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance,a Utah Nonprofit Corporation,intervenors-defendants-appellees, v. Manuel Lujan, in His Capacity As Secretary of the Unitedstates Department of the Interior; Department Ofinterior of the United States,intervenors-defendants-cross-claim-defendants-appellees, 13 F.3d 405 (10th Cir. 1993)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit - 13 F.3d 405 (10th Cir. 1993) Nov. 24, 1993

Before TACHA, HOLLOWAY, and KELLY, Circuit Judges.


The Sierra Club appeals from a district court order setting aside a decision of the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA). We conclude that the IBLA's decision, which vacated the "findings of no significant impact" made by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and directed the BLM to perform further environmental analysis, did not constitute "final agency action" because it did not "impose an obligation, deny a right or fix some legal relationship" between Garfield County and the Department of the Interior. Ash Creek Mining Co. v. Lujan, 934 F.2d 240, 243 (10th Cir. 1991) (quoting Chicago & S. Air Lines, Inc. v. Waterman S.S. Corp., 333 U.S. 103, 113 (1948)). Thus, the district court lacked jurisdiction to review the IBLA's decision. See 5 U.S.C. 704. We therefore DISMISS this appeal and REMAND with directions to dismiss the County's complaint as not ripe for judicial review.


This order and judgment has no precedential value and shall not be cited, or used by any court within the Tenth Circuit, except for purposes of establishing the doctrines of the law of the case, res judicata, or collateral estoppel. 10th Cir. R. 36.3