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9th Circ. Just Latest Court To Read Pollution Laws Narrowly

Law360, New York (August 28, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit recently rejected environmental groups’ novel argument that diesel emissions at California rail yards should be regulated as solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the latest indication that courts are more strictly interpreting pollution laws, even where there are enforcement gaps.

Organizations including the Natural Resources Defense Council, whose members live in the vicinity of the rail yards, alleged people living near the facility are especially at risk of health effects from harmful diesel particulate matter. Regulation of “indirect sources” of...
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