"JOSHUA TREE, Calif. - A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld a 2005 court decision that effectively halted the development of what would have been one of the nation's largest landfills near Joshua Tree National Park.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel let stand a ruling that prevented development of the Eagle Mountain Landfill in an abandoned iron ore mine.
Kaiser Ventures of Ontario wanted to develop the dump, which would have received 20,000 tons of trash from Los Angeles County daily for 117 years. The 4,654-acre site is about 1.5 miles from the park's boundaries and surrounded by the park on three sides."