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CALIFORNIA BRIEFING / RIVERSIDE COUNTY : Landfill plans dealt setback

November 13, 2009|Steve Chawkins

Plans for the nation's biggest landfill have been delayed -- if not derailed - by a court ruling 20 years after the dump was proposed less than two miles from Joshua Tree National Park.

A federal appeals court panel has ruled that a land swap at the heart of the much-litigated Eagle Mountain plan was flawed because of an inaccurate appraisal by the Bureau of Land Management.

The decision, issued Tuesday, upheld some portions of a lower court ruling but reversed others.

An official with Kaiser Ventures, Eagle Mountain's developer, said the firm may appeal.

Mike Cipra of the National Parks Conservation Assn. called the decision "a major victory for everyone who cares about Joshua Tree."

-- Steve Chawkins

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