Calif. AG fighting to stop commerce center

Jessica M. Karmasek Sep. 8, 2011, 12:10pm


MIRA LOMA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris has reportedly joined a community's fight to stop the construction of a nearby 65-acre commerce center.

According to the Press-Enterprise, Harris this week filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit, filed by a Glen Avon environmental group in July.

The construction site is near Mira Loma Village. According to the newspaper, the area is made up of mostly low-income, Hispanic families and has been identified as an air pollution "hot spot."

The proposed commerce center, which would border the village on the north and east, includes 24 industrial buildings spread over 65 acres. County supervisors approved the plan in May, saying the warehouse industry has bolstered the local economy.

But Harris, in court papers filed in Riverside County Superior Court, says county supervisors failed to analyze the environmental consequences of the commerce center.

The attorney general argues that the project could put Mira Loma residents' health at risk.

"The diesel exhaust from the trucks accessing the warehouses poses a serious risk of cancer, respiratory illnesses, and other adverse health effects," Harris wrote in court papers, according to The Press-Enterprise.

The attorney general's motion to intervene is scheduled for a hearing Sept. 16 in superior court, the newspaper reported.

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