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Proposed Dutra plan in Petaluma challenged in court

By PAUL PAYNE

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Opponents of a proposed asphalt plant near Petaluma have challenged the project’s approval in state appellate court.

Community groups, individuals and the city of Petaluma filed papers Friday in the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco.

Grounds for the appeal will be disclosed at a future date, said David Keller of the Petaluma River Council.

The action is an appeal of a Superior Court dismissal of a lawsuit in December challenging the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for approving San Rafael-based Dutra Materials’ project.

Keller and others argued the board failed to address public health and environmental issues connected to the plant along the Petaluma River.

But Sonoma County judge Rene Chouteau dismissed the claim, finding the analysis was adequate.

Friday’s filing doesn’t prevent Dutra from moving forward. But Keller said the company must meet 90 conditions imposed by the county before it can receive grading and building permits.

“There is a ways to go before Dutra can put a spade in the ground, regardless of what we do,” Keller said Monday.





2 Responses to “Proposed Dutra plan in Petaluma challenged in court”

  1. John Bly says:

    As Highway 101 projects get closer to where this plant would be, we should be outraged by these lawsuits holding up its construction. Higher costs will occur as contractors have to add longer haul costs into their bid because this plant is not producing the safe, efficient, no smoke product it’s state of the art technology is capable of producing. Higher costs mean less of the needed Narrows construction will get built with the Measure M tax dollars. Perhaps Keller and group would support extending Measure M so we can finish the Highway 101 projects to Marin County?

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  2. NoQuarters says:

    Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday approved a small addition to the list of county roads targeted for long-term maintenance while signaling support for study of a possible property tax increase to boost road upkeep.
    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120207/articles/120209592&tc=yahoo

    Friday’s filing doesn’t prevent Dutra from moving forward. But Keller said the company must meet 90 conditions imposed by the county before it can receive grading and building permits.
    maybe Obama admin. should have meet 90 conditions on Solyndra

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