In 1993, NPCA and the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic, along with other allies, began a long legal fight to protect Joshua Tree National Park in California from the creation of the largest garbage dump in the U.S., believing that a huge garbage dump had no place next to Joshua Tree National Park.
Now, 18 years later, on March 28, 2011, the Supreme Court announced that it will not hear an appeal from Kaiser Ventures, LLC, the corporation seeking to build the dump. This decision confirms a 2009 U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, overturning the land exchange necessary for the development of the dump.
“The Supreme Court’s recent decision is great news for all of us who care about Joshua Tree National Park,” said Tom Kiernan of the National Parks Conservation Association.
Officials for Kaiser Ventures, LLC have said they will seek a new way to make the dump happen. NPCA says they will continue to work to ensure Joshua Tree is protected for years to come.
Source: National Parks Conservation Association