Native Americans Sue to Halt Calif. Solar Projects

Thursday, Dec 30, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM PDT
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Native Americans Sue to Halt Calif. Solar Projects

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A Native American group has sued the federal government over the expedited approval of six solar projects in Southern California.

The La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Site Protection Circle and five individuals say the process violates laws protecting burial grounds and cultural resources.

The cultural protection group wants to yank approvals for projects in San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says the agency is reviewing the lawsuit.

BrightSource Energy Co. started work on one of the projects in October. The newspaper reports company officials could not be reached.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Diego this week.

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