SoCal Air Quality Authority Abused Discretion: Court

Law360, New York (April 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A California air management district abused its discretion by finding that a ConocoPhillips Co. diesel plant would have no significant impact on air quality despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, an appeals court has ruled.

The dispute concerns the potential environmental impacts resulting from a project that would enable ConocoPhillips to produce ultra low sulfur diesel, or ULSD. The energy company had asked to revamp its Wilmington, Calif., plant in order to comply with federally and state-mandated ULSD specifications.

In January 2004, the South Coast Air...
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