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Judge Allows California Bullet Train Greenhouse Gas Funding

California High-Speed Rail / Flickr

Mock up of the San Jose high speed rail station.

California High-Speed Rail / Flickr

(AP) - A Sacramento County judge says California regulators did not abuse their discretion when they decided to fund the state's high-speed rail project with money from a greenhouse gas emissions program.

The Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund, which opposes the bullet train, argued that constructing the $64 billion project would create more pollution than it would eliminate for at least a decade. The San Rafael-based group has not decided whether to appeal the order made final on Monday.

The suit contended that the California Air Resources Board underplayed the bullet train's harmful environmental effects and exaggerated its environmental benefits. That allowed the state to say high-speed rail will help the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Judge Shelleyanne Chang ruled that the board's decision was not arbitrary and capricious.

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