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Liberty Quarry Still Under Fire

Technical experts employed by the city of Temecula, Calif., scientists with San Diego State University and Pechanga tribal officials criticized Riverside County's environmental review of Granite Construction's Liberty Quarry project during a recent hearing conducted by the county Planning Commission.

The hearing, held at Rancho Community Church in Temecula, was the third in a series of hearings being conducted on the project. Approximately 500 to 600 people attended the hearing.

According to the representatives of the three potential neighbors of the proposed project, the county did not meet the state's legal requirements for review of the quarry. In some cases, the speakers said, the engineers who put together the studies that were used in the review omitted information about Pechanga sacred sites and the migratory paths of animals, manipulated air quality data to help meet state and federal standards, and failed to use industry standards during the assembly of other types of data.