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Travertine Point Challenged

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The Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity have sued Riverside County for approving the development of a new town, Travertine Point, on the Salton Sea. The town, developed by Black Emerald LLC and the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, would cover about 4,900 acres and supposedly be home to about 37,000 people. According to Reuters: "Construction of the development, called Travertine Point, would significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions, further degrade the region's poor air quality and threaten wildlife in neighboring park areas, the groups said." Travertine Point would straddle the county line and spread onto tribal land, so Imperial and the feds still need to sign off. [Reuters]