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Brown won't block bullet train environment suits

Posted: June 21, 2012 2:00 p.m.
Updated: June 21, 2012 2:00 p.m.
 


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is dropping his attempt to shield California's high-speed rail project from possible environmental challenges - at least for now.

Several news outlets reported on Thursday that state lawmakers and environmental groups have been told the governor won't pursue legislation his office had begun circulating earlier this month. That legislation would have blocked judges from issuing work-stopping injunctions in many environmental lawsuits.

It could have affected lawsuits filed by Central Valley farm groups, who argue that the proposed $68 billion project could harm agricultural areas.

Brown dropped his effort in the face of opposition from environmental groups, but those groups say he could revive the plan later. Brown's decision comes as legislators are considering appropriating $6 billion to begin construction of the rail system as early as December.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 

 

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