High-speed rail agency says fed law trumps California environmental rules
from The Fresno Bee
An appellate court brief in a high-speed rail lawsuit from California's Bay Area could have far-reaching implications in the rest of the state — including the San Joaquin Valley, where the first stretches of the statewide bullet-train network are supposed to be built. Recently, the California High-Speed Rail Authority filed a brief with the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento claiming that federal environmental laws — typically considered less stringent than the California Environmental Quality Act or CEQA — supersede state regulations.
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