Monday, February 8, 2010

Ballon Track: It's On

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 2:09 PM

The sound of one big-ass shoe dropping...

PLF sues Coastal Commission for blocking cleanup of contaminated Balloon Track property

PLF attorneys represent organization of Eureka citizens promoting environmental cleanup and protection

WHAT: Press conference announcing PLF's lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission for blocking plans to clean up the Balloon Track property along Humboldt Bay near downtown Eureka, a former railroad facility that is contaminated from years of industrial use. The lawsuit contends that the Coastal Commission has no legal authority to interfere in the matter, because the cleaup plan has been approved by the regional water quality control board (the Eureka City Council has also approved). In the lawsuit, PLF attorneys represent Citizens for a Better Eureka, an organization of a cross-section of Eureka residents, formed to promote environmental protection.

WHO: PLF attorney Damien Schiff, lead attorney in PLF's lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission. Gary E. Bird, president of Citizens for a Better Eureka (the organization represented by PLF attorneys in this lawsuit), and other members of Citizens for a Better Eureka, an association of environmentally concerned local citizens.

WHERE: 34 Waterfront Dr., Eureka (near the corner of Commercial and Waterfront; adjacent to former Go Fish building).

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 11:00 a.m.

About Pacific Legal Foundation
PLF ( is the nation's leading litigator for limited government, property rights, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations. For three decades, PLF has litigated successfully against abuses of power by the Coastal Commission, at all levels of the judiciary, including the landmark U.S. Supreme Court property rights victory, Nollan v. California Coastal Commission (1987). Watch a video about PLF's history and mission, with comments by former U.S. Attorney General Edwin J. Meese II, and a description of the Nollan case:

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