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Public hearing on state dust plan set

August 13, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors, sitting as the local Air Pollution Control District board, will conduct a public hearing this week to consider adopting revisions to the state implementation plan for dust pollution.

The item is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday. The board meets in open session at 9:30 a.m. in the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St. in El Centro.

The county's dust pollution is the subject of a lawsuit filed in June by the Sierra Club's Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The environmental group is asking a federal court to order the EPA to either declare the Valley's air quality meets federal clean air standards for airborne particles, called PM-10, or, if the Valley's air-quality standards do not meet the federal standards, that EPA be ordered to reclassify the Valley's air quality to a more stringent classification called serious nonattainment.

The plan is expected to impose those requirements to bring the county into attainment.


In other business, the Board of Supervisors:

· will have a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. to consider an amendment to the Rio Bend specific plan to change the undeveloped second phase plan that called for the development of two small commercial areas and 165 single-family residential dwellings to be replaced with additional recreational vehicle spaces. The amendment would add 674 spaces to the already-existing 229, and 68 mobile home spaces. Rio Bend is near Seeley.

· will conduct a public hearing to consider approving a $500,000 grant application by the county Community Economic Development Department to the state Department of Housing and Community Development for a revolving loan fund to create jobs for members of certain targeted income groups.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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