Judge blocks construction of computer research center at University of California Berkeley

March 23, 2009
Group contends that the project needs more environmental review

From The San Francisco Chronicle: A federal judge has temporarily blocked the University of California's plans for a $113 million computer research center in the hills above the Berkeley campus, a victory for a local group that says the project would damage the environment. The injunction prohibits any work on the center, the possible new home of U.S. Energy Department supercomputers, until a trial in September on whether the university must conduct a new environmental study. A group called Save Strawberry Canyon contends that the project should be reviewed under U.S. environmental law. Construction on the 126,000-square-foot building had been scheduled to begin this month.

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