The U.S. District Court of the Central District of California dismissed a lawsuit November 5 alleging the Interior Department failed to adequately weigh the impacts that a utility-scale solar facility under construction in the Mojave Desert would have on the desert tortoise population and avian species. Western Watersheds Project claimed that the government violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and the Endangered Species Act when it approved BrightSource Energy’s $2.1 billion Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating Station.