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Kings County Challenges Rail’s Environmental Study

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Photo credit: California High-Speed Rail Authority Flickr

An artist's rendering of the high-speed rail.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A leading opponent of California's bullet train has filed a new environmental lawsuit against the state's high-speed rail authority.

Kings County and a group of its residents sued Thursday in Sacramento County Superior Court. They allege the authority "abused its discretion" and violated the state's Environmental Quality Act when it approved a 114-mile segment from Fresno to Bakersfield.

Opponents say the review is "unquestionably inadequate" and fails to address serious effects of the $68-billion project on homes and businesses.

High-speed rail spokeswoman Lisa Marie Alley says the lawsuit "is not about protecting the environment but about Kings County trying every means possible to stop high-speed rail."

The county has sued over various aspects of the project. The agency says it has not been served the latest suit.

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