A tough federal judge in Sacramento has become a folk hero of Central California citizens for protecting people and endangered species instead of putting the interests of either over the other.
In a searing opinion, [U.S. District Judge Oliver] Wanger ripped two Interior Department scientists for giving "false" and "incredible" testimony to support a "bad faith" delta smelt preservation plan.It's a matter of putting the interests of obscure "species" ahead of the interests of mankind, which is not the policy of NEPA.
The two scientists are Frederick V. Feyrer of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and Jennifer M. Norris of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wanger also threw out huge chunks of the federal government's official "biological opinion" on five different species, calling the opinion, which is a guidance document for environmental regulators, "arbitrary, capricious, and unlawful."
Wanger has become a hero to millions of Californians thanks to his strict interpretation of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
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