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California Supreme Court tosses Los Angeles lawsuit over Kern County sewage sludge ban


SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has tossed out a Los Angeles lawsuit aimed at allowing the city to keep using tons of treated sewage sludge as fertilizer on a Kern County farm.

The court on Monday said LA missed a deadline to file the state suit after a federal court dismissed its case. The ruling overturns an appeals court decision that sided with LA.

City attorney's spokesman Rob Wilcox says LA will return to trial court to address the timing issue.

For years, Los Angeles has shipped treated waste north to a 4,200-acre farm it owns in Kern County, where fertilizes crops for livestock.

In 2006, Kern County voters banned the use of sewage sludge as fertilizer amid concerns it would pollute groundwater. LA has been challenging the ban ever since.

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