US Beats Enviro Suit Over $2.2B Mojave Solar Plant

Law360, New York (November 5, 2012, 6:20 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Monday tossed an environmental group’s effort to stop a $2.2 billion solar plant in the Mojave Desert, finding the U.S. Bureau of Land Management properly researched the project’s impact on surrounding wildlife.

Plaintiff Western Watersheds Project had sought to derail BrightSource Energy Inc.’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Project, set to be the largest solar-thermal power plant under construction in the world, alleging the government had failed to protect desert tortoises and some bird species.

Western Watersheds asserted that the BLM’s...
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