Project description: The Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society has a collection of more than 150 oral history interviews with judges and lawyers who played significant roles with the circuit, which covers the states in the western U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii. Copies of many of the interviews are available at other repositories, particularly the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.
Regulatory significance: No specific information about the content of interviews are available in the finding aid, but this collection could likely contain information on federal regulations as applied and enforced in the U.S. West. This is likely a significant source for judicial rulings on environmental and land-use regulation.
Interview dates: 1987 – present
Digital access: No online access
Physical access: Copies of interview materials may be requested from the historical society, located in Pasadena, California. Visitors must contact the organization in advance. Some materials are available at other institutions. See the finding aid for specifics.
Project description: The Kaiparowits Power Project consists of eleven interviews regarding the proposed construction in 1965 by Southern California Edison Company of a coal-powered generator in southern Utah. After ten years of wangling and opposition from environmental groups and federal regulators, the power company abandoned the project.
Regulatory significance: Federal environmental regulators played a significant role in the demise of the project, and the oral history interviews illuminate how locals in southern Utah viewed the conflict and perceived the involvement of the regulators. Of particular salience in the interviews is the trade-off between environmental health and economic development.