We won another victory (our fifth one!) yesterday, March 16, at the San Diego Regional Water Quality Board (RWQB.) The RWQB adopted findings that once and for all rejected Waste Water Discharge permits the Toll Road Authority’s (TCA) had requested. They did so with a vote of 6-0. We are thrilled. This victory was not a forgone conclusions because a great number of the RWQB Commissioners were new to the dialogue.
When RWQB originally rejected the permits in July 2013, the TCA appealed that decision to the California Water Board. The California Water Board remanded the decision back to San Diego, saying that the Board needed to make more thorough findings but that the legal basis to their original decision was sound. The staff report to the RWQB was excellent and in the end was persuasive.
CSPF members sent 388 letters to the RWQB at our request, making our advocacy voice heard loud and clear. Overall all the organizations in the Coalition generated more than 5,000 letters supporting San Onofre.
As always, we are delighted to be a part of such a strong coalition of protectors of San Onofre, including the Surfrider Foundation, NRDC, Audubon, and the Endangered Habitats League. We all bring our own strengths to this fight and are so much better for it.
We are all hoping this project doesn’t have NINE lives.