Judge Greenlights $880M Everglades Restoration Plan

Law360, New York (July 13, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Miami on Wednesday approved an $880 million Everglades cleanup plan, clearing the way for restoration work to begin after some 25 years of court battles.

U.S. District Judge Alan S. Gold canceled an upcoming court hearing on the long-contested Everglades rehabilitation and instead issued an order allowing Florida to begin issuing permits for the projects.

State and federal officials, environmental groups, the Miccosukee Indian tribe, sugar companies and other agricultural interests spent the last year negotiating a settlement to land-use and permitting...
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