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  1. John Stewart
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  3. Monday, 21 May 2018
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California Boaters are urged to contact California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris as soon as possible, urging them to vote against a new “rider” that would prevent judicial review of the RBOC-opposed California WaterFix [Twin Tunnels].

To email Senator Feinstein: click here

To email Senator Harris: click here

More Information on the Rider

The rider has been introduced by California representative Ken Calvert [R-Corona]. It is Section 437 of the US House of Representatives Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations Spending Bill. It reads:

SEC. 437. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Final Environmental Impact Report/Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California Water Fix [81 Fed. Reg. 96485 (Dec. 30, 2016)] and any resulting agency decision, record of decision, or similar determination shall hereafter not be subject to judicial review under any Federal or State law.

The passage and enactment of this provision would pre-empt state law and prevent litigation including cases filed pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Endangered Species Act, and other laws.

RBOC is concerned that the proposed prohibition against federal and state judicial review of the environmental provisions of the California WaterFix [twin tunnels] would be contrary to important, long-standing state environmental laws and policies. The California WaterFix [twin tunnels] should not have a special exception to these laws.

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