LA Can't Skirt Dust Control Requirements, Judge Says

Law360, New York (May 03, 2013, 3:16 PM ET) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday dismissed Los Angeles' challenge to dust mitigation measures ordered by the state that have allegedly cost the city's water customers $1.2 billion, ruling that environmental regulators have the authority to force the city to limit particulate matter emissions levels.

The city had argued that the federal Clean Air Act preempts a 30-year-old law granting the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District the power to set air quality standards and impose noncompliance fees for the rural Owens Valley area, which...
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