Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement on a lawsuit to overturn a Trump administration decision that would allow Cadiz to use a railroad right-of-way without any federal environmental review for its water extraction project in the Mojave Desert:
“Cadiz and the Trump administration may not like the law, but they can’t ignore it. Rather than follow legal precedent, the acting Interior solicitor instead disregarded two separate federal court decisions concerning the scope of railroad rights-of-way.
“Cadiz’s project would be a disaster for the Mojave Desert. It wants to drain more than 50,000 acre-feet a year from a desert aquifer that’s natural recharge rate is only 2,000 to 10,000 acre-feet a year.
“This water also contains numerous dangerous contaminants including arsenic and cancer-causing Chromium-6, but nothing in Cadiz’s proposal indicates how it would make the water safe.
“The company’s recent ‘pause’ indicates it has no plan to address the many problems associated with its project. Instead, it relied on its friends in the Trump administration to clear any hurdles. This lawsuit shows Cadiz that won’t happen without a fight.”