The City Council of Chowchilla has unanimously agreed to pursue legal action against the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
Council members said they were concerned the recently adopted Merced-to-Fresno section project Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) does not meet the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) or National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).
Council members, at their meeting May 8, said they have many concerns about the project, including its safety, impacts, and mitigations that have not been addressed by the EIR/EIS.
“The authority seemed quite concerned in its analysis about safe routes to schools and incorporated mitigation measures,” said Chowchilla Mayor Janan Hebert. “Unfortunately, the EIR/EIS completely ignored any discussion, analysis, or mitigation relating to those same safety issues and concerns for our school age children in Chowchilla. We have no answers about plans that would provide for the safety and protection of our children.” ...