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Commentary: Washington is trying to exempt the delta tunnels from court review

A congressman set off a legislative bomb in California's water wars last week.

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona) inserted a rider into an Interior Department appropriations bill that would exempt from all judicial review the intensely contested Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta twin tunnels project. Passage of the rider - it's scheduled for a House committee vote Tuesday - would mean that the water diversion scheme wouldn't have to follow federal or state law.

The project,

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