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Devastating Setback for Temecula: Quarry/Gravel Pit is Approved May 2012
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Submitted by paramount on May 19, 2012 - 11:08pm
In a great victory for monied interests and their scum politicians, a major blow was dealt to Temecula.
I had a feeling this quarry decision was far from over.
"Judas" and "Benedict Arnold" are some of the terms used by Liberty Quarry opponents to describe Riverside County Supervisor John Tavalgione following his vote Tuesday to certify the quarry's environmental impact report.
On Tuesday, May 15, supervisors Bob Buster, Jeff Stone and Tavaglione voted to formally deny the controversial quarry. Tavaglione then voted alongside supervisors John Benoit and Marion Ashley to approve the environmental document. Approval of that document means that the county accepts Granite’s position that the quarry would improve the local environment by producing aggregate closer to where it would be shipped in San Diego County.
Jonathan Evans, staff attorney for the Center For Biological Diversity, said he has never heard of a governing body denying a project, yet certifying its environmental impact report. He called the board’s action “schizophrenic.”
A certified report would make life easier for a new quarry plan.
“They would be able to rely on that (report) for that subsequent application,” Hopper said.
“It’s clear to me that Granite is going to be right back. How quickly is anyone’s guess,” Mitchell said. “For that kind of influence to take control of this process is frightening.”
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