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San Diego County sued to stop landfill

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Several conservation groups and a Native American tribe have filed a lawsuit against San Diego County's environmental agency to stop a proposed dump they say will harm endangered species habitat, a critical drinking water source and sacred tribal lands.

The lawsuit filed Monday by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, RiverWatch and the Pala Band of Mission Indians argues that the county Department of Environmental Health violated state environmental laws when it permitted the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill.

The groups argue that the 300-acre dump threatens pipelines that supply most of the drinking water to use in San Diego County, critical bird habitat and sacred Indian sites.

A spokesman for the agency could not immediately be reached for comment.


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