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Train v. City of New York

Significance, Petition For A Writ Of Certiorari, The Environmental Protection Agency


Russell E. Train, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency


City of New York

Appellant's Claim

That the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not have to allot federal funds in their entirety to states according to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Robert H. Bork, U.S. Solicitor General

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

John R. Thompson

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)

Justices Dissenting



Washington D.C.

Date of Decision

18 February 1975


The EPA had to disburse funds in their entirety to states seeking financial assistance under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act; Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision affirmed.

Related Cases

  • Huron Portland Cement Co. v. City of Detroit, 362 U.S. 440 (1960).
  • Philadelphia v. New Jersey, 430 U.S. 141 (1977).



Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.

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