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Environmentalists, developer both claim victory in Moreno Valley World Logistics


The developer of the World Logistics Center and the environmentalist opponents who oppose it both say they’ve scored a victory this week regarding the proposed 40.6-million-square-foot warehouse complex.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, a Riverside County Court of Appeals judge said the groups’ appeal of a ruling against its 2015 legal challenge to the logistics center was moot. Developer Highland Fairview has abandoned its controversial plan to buy carbon offset credits, under California’s cap-and-trade program, to offset the air pollution expected to be generated by the complex, at the heart of the 2015 lawsuit.

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On Friday, Oct. 30, Highland Fairview spokesman Eric Rose said the company was “very pleased” with the decision.

“No governmental agency has the last say on development projects in California, at the end, the courts make the final determination,” Rose wrote in an email. “This court of appeals decision is a significant step forward towards the project’s groundbreaking and the 33,000 jobs created by the project.”



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