9th Circ. Finds Calif. Railroad Pollution Laws Preempted

Law360, New York (September 16, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has struck down rules designed to curtail pollution from idling trains in California, saying the guidelines developed by a local air quality agency are preempted by federal law.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued the ruling Wednesday, agreeing with a previous ruling by the U.S District Court for the Central District of California. The local rules were challenged by the Association of American Railroads, BNSF Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad Co.

The rules were created by the...
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