COLAB sues over wildlife guidelines
June 20, 2011
A group of business owners is suing Ventura County over an environmental policy passed by the Board of Supervisors in April.
The policy, adopted to protect plants and animals, requires land owners to produce environmental impact reports when “important” species are present on agricultural lands as part of the permit process. It lists 170 “locally important species” that are not on protected lists published by any government or private wildlife groups.
Members of The Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB), say the financial cost of the new reporting requirements will have a ‘detrimental impact” on agribusinesses.
COLAB is seeking to force Ventura County to amend its environmental policy.