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PLP files motion for preliminary injunction against State of California to reopen suction dredging

October 31, 2011

Public Lands for the People has filed an amended complaint and a motion seeking a preliminary injunction against the State of California to lift the ban on suction dredging.

The state legislature implemented AB 120 on July 26, 2011, which included the requirement that "any new regulations fully mitigate all identified significant environmental impacts." Mark Stopher, the former head of the California Department of Fish & Game, admitted this is a standard that is impossible to comply with under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The process of promulgating revised regulations ground to a halt with the passage of AB 120 despite a court order that directed Fish & Game to complete a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report and issue new regulations.

The amended complaint and motion were filed in San Bernardino Superior Court, and a hearing is tentatively scheduled for January 18, 2012.

Read the Motion for Prelimary Injunction (pdf file)
Read the Amended Complaint (pdf file)

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