EPIC Claims Victory in Latest Richardson Grove Ruling

January 30, 2014
Lost Coast Output

Today, one of many court rulings for the proposed Richardson Grove road project has fallen to EPIC and the Center for Biological Diversity. The project, which will adjust an approximately one mile strip of roadway through the venerable park to allow the passage of STAA compliant trucks, will require excavation work among the roots of the giant trees. A group of environmentalists fear this plan will adversely impact the old growth redwoods.

This afternoon, California Court of Appeal, while not agreeing with all the requests of the environmental groups, ordered a reevaluation of Caltrans’ assessment of the impact to the trees in the Grove when the agency adjusts the roadway. According to the Court documents, “Caltrans is not required to start the EIR [Environmental Impact Report] process anew. Caltrans need only correct the deficiencies we have identified before considering recertification of the EIR.”

“The significance of this ruling cannot be overstated,” said Gary Graham Hughes, executive director at the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC). “Our ancient redwoods are invaluable, and we hope Caltrans gets the message that their survival cannot be put at risk by a careless highway development proposal.”   (To read the entire article, please click HERE)