Imperial County’s case against the federal government dealing with transferring water from Imperial County to the coast won’t be heard in the United States District Court.
A federal court judge ruled late last week that the county and its air pollution control district lack standing in suing the U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Reclamations over the Quantification Settlement Agreement, the nation’s largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer. The local agencies had filed suit in 2009 to look into air quality issues from the receding Salton Sea. The county questioned whether the federal government’s analysis of the QSA related to the National Environmental Policy Act was sufficient.
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