Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) has moved to appeal a May superior court ruling which allows the North Coast Railroad Authority to walk away from its promises to follow California environmental law as it rebuilds the publicly-owned, failed rail line through five counties of California’s north coast.
“We went to court initially because the NCRA failed in its taxpayer-funded environmental report to reveal how harmful its taxpayer-funded reopening of the rail line would be,” said Patty Clary, Executive Director of CATs. “The decision by the Marin court denied the state’s ability to control how it spends its money. We think that’s a fundamental misinterpretation of the law.”
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The Carson-Iceberg Wilderness is threatened by a plan to poison Silver King Creek, located just 23 miles as the eagle flies from South Lake Tahoe in spectacular Sierra Nevada high country. This wilderness encompasses wide river valleys, the headwaters of several rivers, and thick forests.
A warning by Californians for Alternatives to Toxics and the Center for Biological Diversity of the groups’ plan to sue the EPA for failure to update rules on air emissions required by the Clean Air Act has spurred the agency into action.
Despite the successful campaign by residents of rural Humboldt County to convince PG&E to stop spraying herbicides around power poles, the giant utility still is drenching about a million of the poles with a variety of chemicals elsewhere in its service area.
Despite being trounced by CATs in the Court of Appeal for a similar project, the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) is trying to slip another herbicide spray plan past the public — this time at Tolowa State Park, pictured at right.
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