Today (June 4, 2013) www.FlashReport.org posted my article Two Gifts for the Planet: Build California High-Speed Rail and Choose a Path that Crushes the Dairy Industry. It reports on a little-known issue of concern to California’s Kings County: the proposed route for the California High-Speed Rail “goes in the front door and out the back door” of Baker Commodities, the main rendering plant in the region for dairy cow carcasses. Farmers worry (rightly) that environmental issues will prevent Baker Commodities from relocating this rendering plant, as a result exacerbating the economic difficulties of an already struggling dairy industry in the lower San Joaquin Valley.
Since I submitted the article to www.FlashReport.org, Item 2 on the original June 6, 2013 California High-Speed Rail Authority agenda – “Proposal to Identify a CEQA Preferred Alignment and Station Locations for Inclusion in the Fresno to Bakersfield Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS)” – has been removed. Kings County will remain in suspense about the fate of the rendering plant, even as it waits for a Sacramento County Superior Court decision in John Tos; Aaron Fukuda and County of Kings v. California High Speed Rail Authority regarding the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s compliance with Proposition 1A.