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High-speed rail environmental exemptions sought

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POSTED May 16, 2012 9:10 p.m.

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California's high-speed rail chief says he's seeking environmental exemptions on the first 130-mile leg of the bullet train in the San Joaquin Valley.

California High-Speed Rail Authority chairman Dan Richard said during a Tuesday state Senate hearing that the exemption would avoid any legal delays caused by an injunction, a possibility as agriculture interests gear up for a court fight.

Richard had previously insisted the authority would not seek an outright exemption from state or federal environmental laws.


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