Gov't Beats Tribes' Challenge To $1B Calif. Solar Project

Law360, New York (July 20, 2015, 7:25 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has dealt a blow to tribes challenging a $1.1 billion Mojave Desert solar project, saying they failed to raise serious questions about the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of the plant and handing the U.S. government summary judgment.

The tribes had claimed that the BLM failed to adequately consult them when reviewing the solar plant, to take a hard look at the construction's potential effect on cultural resources when approving the project, and to consider alternatives.

But U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt tossed the suit Thursday, denying the tribes summary judgment and citing the same weaknesses...

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