From yesterday's The Bakersfield Californian (free registration required):
Kern County's sludge ban suffered another blow Wednesday from U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess of Los Angeles.
Last week, Feess issued a tentative ruling that stopped Kern County from enforcing the sludge ban while Kern fought off a legal assault from the city of Los Angeles, Orange County and the businesses that haul and farm sludge for them.
Feess said in court that the Kern ban, enacted as Measure E by local voters on June 6, violated state recycling laws.
On Wednesday, Feess issued a formal ruling that upheld those two previous decisions.