STB: Federal law on high-speed rail trumps state environmental lawsuits

(Source: Fresno Bee, December 15, 2014)

FRESNO, Calif. — The U.S. Surface Transportation Board, in a ruling issued late Friday, declared on a 2-1 vote that the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, “is categorically pre-empted” in connection with the Fresno-Bakersfield route, which the federal panel OK’d for construction earlier this year. The decision potentially derails seven lawsuits challenging the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s approval of its Fresno-Bakersfield bullet-train route.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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