Courthouse News Service:  “Environmental groups are applauding a 9th Circuit decision rejecting a land exchange that would have cleared the path for the world’s largest landfill adjacent to Joshua Tree National Monument.   The National Parks Conservation Association, Desert Protection Society and others challenged the land exchange, proposed by Kaiser Eagle Mountain and approved by the Bureau of Land Management.   Kaiser would have acquired 3,481 acres of public land for 2,846 acres of private land and a $20,100 payment.  The proposed landfill would have taken up more than 4,500 acres, operating for 117 years and accepting up to 20,000 tons of trash daily.”