Environment & Science

Indian tribes sue to block solar plant in California's Mojave Desert

Flyover image of Johnson Valley, a small unincorporated community in San Bernardino County between the Victor Valley and Morongo Basin areas of the Mojave Desert.
Flyover image of Johnson Valley, a small unincorporated community in San Bernardino County between the Victor Valley and Morongo Basin areas of the Mojave Desert.
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A group of Indian Tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert.

The Colorado River Indian Tribes sued earlier this month after Riverside County supervisors approved the Blythe Mesa Solar Project, which would cover nearly six square miles.

The suit contends officials violated California environmental laws by failing to properly disclose or take into account the project's impact on traditional tribal homelands.

The suit also names the project developer, Renewable Resources Group.

Calls to the county and the business seeking comment were not immediately returned Wednesday.