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FAA faces lawsuit over SpaceX’s damage to local environment

A crater in the ground littered with boulders and metal debris.
Debris litters the ground on April 22nd, 2023, after the SpaceX Starship liftedoff on April 20th for a flight test from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas.  | Photo by Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty Images

Environmental groups and the Carrizo/Comecrudo Nation of Texas have filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration after SpaceX’s Starship blew up during a launch at its Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, last month.

The explosion obliterated the launch pad, sending dust and debris flying for miles. Ash scatted over areas where endangered species live, according to the complaint filed in federal district court in Washington, DC, today. The explosion also sparked a 3.5-acre blaze, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The suit alleges that the FAA failed to “take a hard look” at the environmental risks posed by SpaceX’s operations in Boca Chica, as it was required to do under the National Environmental Policy Act. The groups…

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