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Morning greens: 'Bu Lagoon restoration delayed, Calif. power plant exempted from pollution rules, SLO solar project sued

Judge delays Malibu Lagoon restoration for at least a year. Reports LA Times: “Environmentalists are divided over the project, which was halted by a suit saying it would damage existing habitat, including aquatic vegetation and fish, and would remove a pathway to popular Surfrider Beach.” KPCC also reports on the news.

Water pollution project could tie up traffic on Pacific Coast Highway. KPCC reports that one PCH lane will be closed nightly for two months “as crews work to bury 3,100 feet of new sewer pipe.” The system’s intended to “divert polluted runoff from canyons and flood control channels.” LA Now also reports on the news.

EPA to spare Calif. power plant from new emissions rules. Reports Greenwire: “After a series of legal twists that led to a stinging rebuke from a federal judge last week, U.S. EPA has decided to exempt a planned natural gas power plant in California’s San Joaquin Valley from new air pollution rules, including limits on greenhouse gas emissions.”

Could California’s next nuclear plant be on the horizon? Reports Climate Watch: “Backers of a new Fresno ‘clean energy park’ aim to use nuclear power to clean up salty irrigation water in California’s Central Valley.”

Groups sue solar company over San Luis Obispo County project. Reports SoCal Focus: “Opponents point to the area as a home to 34 endangered and threatened species, as well as designated core habitat for three animals: the blunt-nosed leopard lizard, San Joaquin kit fox and giant kangaroo rat.”

L.A. joins meeting of large cities in Brazil to talk carbon cutting and climate change. Reports KPCC: ” The sponsor of the conference in Sao Paolo is a group called C40…. C40 stands for 40 founding cities – large ones, including Los Angeles. Five years ago, the group’s founders built it on the idea that because cities hold half the world’s population and use most of its energy, they must urgently shoulder the responsibility to cut carbon and slow the pace of global warming.”

Governor’s proposal to sell Ramirez Canyon parkland meets tough opposition. Reports LA Times: “A 22-acre Malibu ranch is the latest lightning rod in an ongoing effort to sell off state properties. Opponents say the land, now open to hikers and rented out for events, wouldn’t be viable on the market.” AP also reports on the news.

Metrolink’s riskiest crossing to get $6-million upgrade. NBC LA reports that Glendale’s “Doran Street crossing ranked No. 1 out of 312 locations. It also ranked in the top eight for accidents.” LA Times also reports on the news.

Photo: Conservationists disagree over a $7-million lagoon restoration project in Malibu. (Cecile Gregoriades)