Calif. High Court Rules CEQA Not Preempted In Rail Row

Law360, Los Angeles (July 27, 2017, 8:59 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court handed down a meaty opinion Thursday that ruled the state’s California Environmental Quality Act is not preempted by federal law in a challenge to a state-owned railroad entity’s plans to further revive a line in Northern California.

The challenge to halt the redevelopment of a North Coast Railroad Authority line came in two separate actions that have been before the high court since 2014: one from Friends of the Eel River, which snakes through the region, and one from Californians for Alternatives to Toxics. The groups argued the authority was required to conduct further CEQA review. But...

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