The State of California, through its Attorney General Rob Bonta, filed a lawsuit in a federal appeals court to have Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shut down a new air cargo facility at San Bernardino International Airport it leased to Amazon in April last year.
The disputed $200 million Eastgate Air Cargo Logistics Center was handed over to Amazon in April last year and formed an important package hub in Amazon’s air network.
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There’s already been back and forth between the FAA, the State, and the communities involved. First, amid objections by the State, the FAA went ahead and ignored environmental concerns raised. Then, in the summer of 2020, a divided panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit allowed the project to move forward.
The Attorney General
“As the People’s Attorney, I’m committed to lifting up the voices of communities who live at the intersection of poverty and pollution. The fact is: communities like the one impacted by this project in San Bernardino are all too often overburdened and under-resourced. These communities, who are already experiencing health harms from pollution, deserve to be protected to the fullest extent of the law, and through our Bureau of Environmental Justice, we’re committed to seeing this fight through.”Rob Bonta | Attorney General | California
Are Environmental Stats Stacked Against Amazon & FAA?
The California Air Resources Board policies who gets the permission to operate what in California when it comes to the environmental impact of operations. According to the Board, “residents of San Bernardino are among the top 5% of Californians for the prevalence of asthma-related hospital visits, and among the top 3% for emergency room visits due to heart attacks.“
The panel that decided the case “erroneously allowed the FAA to rest its approval of the project on the incomplete and inaccurate analysis in the environmental assessment,” the California Department of Justice said in the petition.
The case is still pending a hearing subject to the federal court’s decision on whether it admits the case for a hearing.
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