On April 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit hinted during oral arguments that a case involving the requirement of an environmental assessment of a Kansas coal-fired power plant might not fall in its jurisdiction. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said in a January 2012 decision that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service must create an environmental impact statement before approving any action at the plant; the Service had already given approvals and provided financial assistance for the Holcomb Expansion Project prior to the case. The appellate court said it does not normally hear appeals made by a private company about cases remanded to government agencies.