No Permit Violations During Lagoon Project, Coastal Commission Says

The California Coastal Commission responded last week to allegations leveled by opponents of the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project.

The California Coastal Commission denied accusations that bulldozing and other work at the Malibu Lagoon is illegal in a letter to two environmental groups last week.

The Wetlands Defense Fund, led by activist Marcia Hanscom, and the Coastal Law Enforcement Action Network, led by Roy van de Hoek, filed a request earlier this month for the revocation of a Coastal Development Permit that gave the green light for the start of the Malibu Lagoon Restoration & Enhancement Project.

The groups also alleged the contractor, Ford E.C. Inc., proceeded with work while the project's dewatering permit was still in draft form. Dewatering is a term that describes the process of removing water from the Malibu Lagoon.

In a second letter, the groups outlined several permit violations.

Patrick Veesart, an enforcement supervisor with the coastal commission, wrote in a response letter dated June 22 that he went to the site and did not find any permit violations.

"It appears that every effort is being made by the applicant to comply with the terms and conditions of the permit," Veesart wrote.

The letter did not address the groups' request for a revocation of the permit. Under state law, a permit can only be revoked if the application for the permit included inaccurate, erroneous or incomplete information.

Hanscom said violations continue to be documented at the project, and there are plans to reply to Veesart's letter.

A final version of the dewatering plan has already been completed and released to the public. The public will have as many as 10 days to provide comment on the plan before the dewatering process begins, according to previous statements from California State Parks officials.

Ted Vaill June 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Round up the usual suspects...
Carolyn Wallace June 27, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I wish whoever left all those signs on the highway would take them down--they are creating visual pollution. I have no problem with people protesting, but when you're finished, please take your paper trash home--it will wind up insome animal's gullet or in a storm drain.
sean June 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM
If those protesters who are posing as environmentalists cared about the environment, they would clean-up their trash.
Andy Lyon June 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM
So the whole point of this project was to remove a bunch of polluted sediment and hope for the best that it flows better ....right? Well I was just there and watched as they dug up slurry muck from the channel that was closest to the parking lot and then dump it on top of the interior dewatering dike that will be used for the public access. So the stuff that is so toxic that it is supposed to be trucked out is being used to level the public access way ? Really ?? That muck will be the pathway that the public will use all summer ? As it dries and becomes a dusty path what will the public be inhaling ? No core samples of the sediments were taken...NICE !!! That's not a violation ??? The dike wasn't even supposed to be for the public, they just changed that part of the plan within the last month. @Carolyn you want to see visual pollution go walk around what used to be the lagoon ! @Sean The signs are secured...obviously , because they are still up !
Lenny Shaw June 28, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Sean, they only became "environmentalists" when they closed escrow on their homes in Malibu. They never stop to think about the bulldozers used, and trees and other wildlife destroyed, that made it possible for them to live the way they do now


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