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Federal court avoids big issue for California bullet train

August 7, 2017 by Ronjoy Bezbarua

(Source: The Sacramento Bee) A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to weigh in on a thorny issue that could complicate California’s plans for a $64 billion bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Three judges with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said they lacked authority to rule on a federal agency’s determination that it has the power to pre-empt California’s strict environmental law. The finding by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board in 2014 created uncertainty for lawsuits filed against the state’s high-speed rail project under the California Environmental Quality Act. The California Supreme Court last week contradicted the surface transportation board, ruling in a separate case that federal law does not allow state-owned rail projects to completely bypass CEQA. Read full article….

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