Enviros Ask 9th Circ. To Halt $2B Calif. Solar Plant

Law360, New York (August 8, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT) -- Environmental group Western Watersheds Projects urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to block construction of a $2.2 billion solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert, saying it threatens hundreds of desert tortoises and could kill an estimated 3,300 birds every year, according to a study.

“The actual [bird] deaths would probably be more than double that because of the lack of appropriate scientific protocols in the study,” the group’s attorney Stephan Volker said Wednesday, pointing to a 1986 study that found a similar Mojave desert...
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