Argh. I am writing a paper right now on how planners can and should win more often in public conflicts.
The lawsuit filed by the Assn. of American Railroads and the BNSF and Union Pacific railroad companies challenged restrictions imposed in 2005 and 2006 by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which covers Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
This would be known as an end-run around the communities and the state and regional air quality management agencies.
So much for collaboration and win-win solutions.
This ruling in general worries me; I’ve fretted for some time about whether all sort of local air quality measures–likely to be more efficient for many sectors than federal regulations–were going to get hit with these types of challenges.