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Feds Halt New Highways In Imperial County, Citing Air Pollution
KPBS.org ^ | August 10, 2012 | Adrian Florido

Posted on 08/11/2012 12:13:09 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

SAN DIEGO — In a rare move, the federal government has put a stop to new highway projects in California's Imperial County as punishment for the county’s poor air quality.

Effective Aug. 9, the Federal Highway Administration is withholding federal funding for new highways in the county. The county will also not be allowed to move forward on projects still being designed.

Two years ago the Environmental Protection Agency told Imperial County it had 24 months to adopt new rules to improve air quality. Dust, pesticide use, the burning of agricultural fields and off-road vehicles make the air there among the most polluted in the nation.

But the county -- which is bordered by San Diego County on the west, the Arizona state line on the east and the U.S.-Mexico border on the south -- has not met the EPA’s demands to address that. That failure triggered funding sanctions, and this week, the Highway Administration said it could not allow highway projects to proceed.

The county had challenged the EPA's demands for new air quality rules in court, and late last month, the feds and the county reached a settlement to establish new rules. But it could be up to six months before the county is in compliance and highway funding can start flowing again.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: agreement; agriculture; environmentalism; epa; highwayfunding; imperialcounty; nannystate; sandiego; settlement

1 posted on 08/11/2012 12:13:29 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

EnvironMENTAL Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 08/11/2012 12:16:28 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It seems hard to believe they would be any worse than any number of other counties.


3 posted on 08/11/2012 12:35:33 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A county with the nations highest unemployment rate. This is going to help?


4 posted on 08/11/2012 12:36:05 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Obama’s new plan for infrastructure working Out just fine!


5 posted on 08/11/2012 12:50:53 AM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

EPA should be one of the first few agencies to be significantly gutted and management replaced with people with common sense... if we win the Senate and POTUS and gain in the House.


6 posted on 08/11/2012 12:59:23 AM PDT by octex
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Now, I wonder how long until Imperial County files suit in federal court, citing the recent SCOTUS decision on ObamaCare that directly stated that the federal government is forbidden from shutting off funds for failing to follow a completely unrelated rule... Because if medicare funds can’t be shut off for a state’s failure to join Obamacare, how can highway funds be shut off for failing to play games with the EPA?


7 posted on 08/11/2012 1:05:32 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The sooner states and counties stop taking their damned blood money, the sooner they’ll be rid of this government’s evil edicts imposed on every aspect of our lives.


8 posted on 08/11/2012 3:08:18 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: kingu

BINGO BINGO BINGO BINGO!!!!!!


9 posted on 08/11/2012 4:27:25 AM PDT by wewereright
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To: kingu

BINGO BINGO BINGO BINGO!!!!!!


10 posted on 08/11/2012 4:27:25 AM PDT by wewereright
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To: kingu

BINGO BINGO BINGO BINGO!!!!!!


11 posted on 08/11/2012 4:27:33 AM PDT by wewereright
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To: kingu

BINGO BINGO BINGO BINGO!!!!!!


12 posted on 08/11/2012 4:27:33 AM PDT by wewereright
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To: wewereright

Sorry for the multiple posts but I don’t think people undertsand how significant that SC ruling could be to restoring a measure of states rights.


13 posted on 08/11/2012 4:29:56 AM PDT by wewereright
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Since when can one federal agency cut off funding to a state because another federal agency rule or regulation is not followed..

That's pretty bright red line that has been crossed...

So if a state does not comply with Obamataxcare they can be denied federal funding for the thousands of other federal mandates ???

14 posted on 08/11/2012 4:58:01 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: kingu

+1


15 posted on 08/11/2012 5:07:58 AM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: kingu

Looks like the first house to clean for VP Ryan.


16 posted on 08/11/2012 5:35:07 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: Popman

where does a 300 pound gorilla sit


17 posted on 08/11/2012 5:41:59 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Dust, pesticide use, the burning of agricultural fields and off-road vehicles make the air there among the most polluted in the nation.

Sounds like a huge load of BS to me.

18 posted on 08/11/2012 5:43:10 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Popman

Since Tricky Dick told the states that unless they adopted the 55 MPG Speed limit back in 1972!


19 posted on 08/11/2012 5:50:40 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Boy, for a county with a population density just this side of Greenland, they sure manage to pollute a lot (LOL).

Anyway, it’s nice to see the Obama Administration thanking California for their Electoral College votes.


20 posted on 08/11/2012 6:02:08 AM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: wewereright

The courts ruled that the ban on offshore drilling in the Gulf Coast was illegal, too. But they still aren’t issuing any permits. Yea! We Won! In Court!


21 posted on 08/11/2012 6:59:10 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Poor air quality or adverse voting record?


22 posted on 08/11/2012 7:08:22 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Feds ought to shutdown ALL construction throughout CA. They should cutoff all electric power to CA from outside the state. All air, rail, sea, and ground traffic in or out blocked. All imports into CA should be stopped. All exports confiscated at the borders. The North, West, and East border sealed. Let CA trade exclusively with Mexico.


23 posted on 08/11/2012 8:21:52 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


24 posted on 08/12/2012 8:44:33 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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