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World's Largest Garbage Dump next to Joshua Tree National Park?

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In a major victory for environmentalists, the 9th District Court of Appeals today sided with the National Parks Conservation Association in a fight against a landfill, which would be surrounded by Joshua Tree National Park on three sides, meant for garbage from L.A. County brought in by train.

The two decades old proposal has been stuck in various court cases over the last 18 years and if defendants decide to appeal today's decision, there's no telling when this saga will end.

At issue is a 4,654-acre site (complete with canyons), about 1.5 miles from the park's boundaries. Owners of the property, along with a blessing from the government's Bureau of Land Management, want to sell it to L.A. County for use as a land fill that would take in 20,000 tons a day when in operation, which would be 16 hours a day for six days a week for 117 years.