California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) Uses CEQA to Target Seven Proposed Solar Farms (Owned by Four Companies) in Fresno County

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It took me three tedious hours yesterday to inspect and index the responses (see photo below) from the competent and helpful Fresno County Planning and Land Use Division to my Public Records Act request for documents related to the law firm of Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo and its submissions on behalf of construction unions concerning environmental objections to proposed solar energy generating facilities in Fresno County.

The Fresno County Planning and Land Use Division responds on August 7, 2012 to a request for records concerning submissions of the law firm of Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo on behalf of California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) concerning proposed solar energy generation projects.

I was able to determine that California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) and its affiliate unions have found grave environmental problems with seven proposed solar energy projects, if grave can be defined as “dumping huge amounts of paper on county staff at the last minute.”

Select the link below for each project, and you will go to the Fresno County posting of the application for a Conditional Use Permit and Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Four companies are the victims. Here are links to the corporate web sites:

Documents submitted by Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo concerning these seven proposed solar projects include requests for notices, public records requests, requests for immediate access to documents, lengthy comments on Initial Studies/Mitigated Negative Declarations along with hundreds of pages of exhibits, lengthy appeals of county approvals for Conditional Use Permits, and requests for comment period extensions. It looks like they’re working hard to protect the planet from the bane of solar power generation, although some people speculate that their CURE client is more interested in Project Labor Agreements for these projects.

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