Richardson Grove comment period widened
If you missed the January 30th deadline to mail your comments on the Caltrans Richardson Grove project, you’re in luck! The new deadline is March 12.
UPDATE: Looks like Caltrans may have extended the comment period because EPIC busted them cutting corners:
We have checked the CEQAnet website repeatedly during the week of January 26, 2009, and there is no record of CalTrans having submitted the Richardson Grove DEIR to the State Clearinghouse. Such submittal is required by law. It is our understanding, as of the date of these comments, that Caltrans submitted the DEIR for Richardson Grove to the State Clearinghouse on January 27, 2009; and that the document apparently won’t be posted until February 5…
Because Caltrans has failed to follow mandatory public review requirements, by not posting the DEIR with the State Clearinghouse, EPIC and the public have been denied our right of full review. EPIC reserves the right to supplement these comments during the required review period, which properly commences when Caltrans complies with the requirement to post the DEIR with the State Clearinghouse.
In other comment news…
Speaking of deadlines, Eureka City Planner Sidnie Olson sparked controversy last week when she suggested environmentalists would drown her in last minute submissions to strategically delay the project.
Comments were due January 31st.
At Tuesday’s Eureka City Council meeting, Councilman Larry Glass said he wanted to speak on behalf of the environmental community to let her know she’s wrong on that assumption. He noted the large heft of the Draft Environmental Impact Report and the relatively short time people had to review it.
Good for Larry for setting her straight — but also for speaking as an environmentalist. The term is practically a slur in Humboldt County these days. It’s good to see elected officials sticking to their values.