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Judge Tosses Environmental Group Lawsuit

A Marin County judge has dismissed a pair of lawsuits by environmental groups demanding a more rigorous study of resuming freight rail service along the North Coast.

In a decision disclosed this week, Judge Roy O. Chernus upheld his earlier tentative ruling saying that federal law trumps state laws. That means Friends of the Eel River and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics could not sue to force the North Coast Railroad Authority to perform more detailed environmental analysis of its plan to restore freight service from Napa to the rest of the article

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