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Morgan County Judge Dismisses Lawsuit, Allowing $5B EV Rivian Plant Construction

Another green light for the Rivian plant under construction in Morgan and Walton counties.

The AJC reports a Morgan County judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the construction of a $5 billion electric vehicle manufacturing plant near Interstate 20 and the City of Madison. The lawsuit, filed by a group of nearby property owners, charged the state with acquiring the property and then leasing it to Rivian to avoid local zoning laws.

Morgan County Superior Court Judge Stephen Bradley ruled that local zoning regulations do not apply to state-owned property. Land clearing continues at the site, which is expected to create 7,500 jobs. The plant’s opponents have cited the impacts of increased traffic, litter, water contamination, and damage to local wetlands.

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