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|July 12, 2020|
Did Moreno Valley disregard CEQA in approving World Logistics Center?
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Opposition to the proposed World Logistics Center took another turn Friday when the State Air Resources Board (CARB) and Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Moreno Valley failed to consider the projected amount of greenhouse gas emissions the truck traffic would create.
The project would add 70,000 daily vehicle trips in the region, increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tons each year, according to an amicus brief filed with the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
The brief also asserts that Moreno Valley disregarded the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in its analysis of the World Logistics Center warehouse project.
The 40-million-square-foot warehouse and logistics facility complex proposed by Highland Fairview company is projected to cause more than 385,000 metric tons of GHG to be released into the atmosphere every year. That amount is nearly 40 times the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s CEQA threshold of significance for GHG emissions.
CARB also argues that even with mitigation measures, the center would exceed thresholds for volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter.
Story Date: January 18, 2020