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U.S. Wrongly Created Solar Energy Zones, Enviros Claim

Feb 14, 2013
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(Law360, sub req'd)

Three environmental groups on Tuesday sued the Bureau of Land Management in California federal court over its decision last year to set aside swaths of open space for utility-scale solar energy projects and failing to study smaller alternatives in degraded and developed areas rather than prime public land.

The Western Lands Project, the Desert Protective Council and the Western Watersheds Project allege the Obama administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act in October when it created 17 solar energy zones covering 285,000 acres in Arizona, California, ColoradoNevadaNew Mexico, and Utah.