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The California High-Speed Rail Authority released a report last week on the potential greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions in California resulting from the proposed high-speed rail (HSR) project.The report, which was required by Senate Bill 1029, also details other environmental benefits associated with the construction and operation of a HSR system, authority officials said in a press release.The "benefits" would include:• an estimated 4 to 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide saved by 2030;• thousands of new trees across the Central Valley;• zero net GHG emissions during construction; and• strict guidelines for sustainability best practices for design-build contracts to minimize environmental impacts and improve air quality."This project will serve in the near term as the backbone of a more sustainable growth strategy in the San Joaquin Valley, and over time will provide a climate-friendly transportation option linking southern and northern California," said California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols.
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