Judge dismisses sludge lawsuit against Kern County

Judge dismisses sludge lawsuit against Kern County

A big win Tuesday in the ban on sewage sludge in Kern County. A federal judge dismissed the city of Los Angeles' federal lawsuit against Kern.
A big win Tuesday in the ban on sewage sludge in Kern County. U.S. District court judge Gary Feess dismissed the city of Los Angeles' federal lawsuit against Kern.

The judge ruled the two legal issues still being contested in court, are state issues and don't belong in federal court. Sanitation districts in L.A. and Orange counties sued Kern after voters in 2006 passed a ban on land application of biosolids trucked into Kern from the southland.

The judge said attorneys for the plaintiffs are free to re-file the case in state court. They argue Kern County overstepped its regulatory bounds and violated the state's solid waste laws when it passed Measure E.

A spokesman for the L.A. city attorney's office says the city is evaluating its options in light of the ruling, but remains committed to the environmentally sound practice of recycling biosolids.
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