Calif. Court Tosses Challenge To Sturgeon Habitat

Law360, San Diego (November 30, 2012, 10:23 PM EST) -- A California federal court on Friday upheld the U.S. government’s designation of 8.6 million acres in California, Oregon and Washington as critical habitat for the threatened green sturgeon, dismissing a challenge by builders and property owners that officials made the determination without balancing economic interests.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton rejected arguments by the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area and the Bay Planning Coalition that the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service was obligated to perform a balancing test before issuing its critical habitat designation,...
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