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|Date:||25 Feb 2003 19:35:04 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Group aims to halt Yuba development|
Yuba County, California|
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Group aims to halt Yuba development
May challenge environmental report for subdivision plan
Challenging an upcoming environmental impact report might be the best way to stop the proposed Yuba Highlands development northeast of Beale Air Force Base, an environmental activist said Monday.
Lenny Siegel of the Center for Public Environmental Oversight in Mountain View spoke to about 50 people at the first meeting of Yuba Citizens Against Poor Planning at the Yuba County Library in Marysville.
Yuba Highlands eventually could put 5,100 houses between the base and the Spenceville Wildlife Preserve.
Since the Yuba County Board of Supervisors can approve the project regardless of what the environmental impact report says about the project, challenging the report itself might be the best strategy, Siegel said.
"Delay can kill a project," said Siegel, who also suggested circulating petitions.
"You don't have to reinvent democracy. It's there," he said.
The report is expected in March.
Two officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it could be decades before the corp finishes removing unexploded ammunition from 65,000 acres around Beale, including the 2,900 acres that would comprise Yuba Highlands.
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