SELC asks for judicial
review of CAMA
permit to replace Bonner Bridge
BY CATHERINE KOZAK
Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking to have a judge review a
challenge to Major CAMA permit allowing construction of the Herbert C.
The request for a judicial review was filed
just about an hour before the courts closed on Wednesday for the
Attorneys for the state Division of
Coastal Management learned of the filing about noon today, Monday, Nov.
26, said CRC spokeswomen Michele Walker.
The SELC had 30 days
to file a petition for judicial review of the Coastal Resources
Commission Chairman Bob Emory’s Oct. 23 denial of the environmental
group’s request for a third-party hearing on the Major CAMA permit
issued in September for the bridge.
The law center,
representing the Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge
Association, filed its request in Wake County Superior Court at 3:52
p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, one hour and eight minutes before the
Emory stated in his denial that the hearing would be “a waste of
judicial resources as well as frivolous.”
its 44-page petition, the SELC states in part that the division erred
in issuing the permit because all the project alternatives, including
the use of high-speed ferries, were not properly studied. It also
contends that the CRC exceeded its authority and did not abide by the
law in denying the request for the third-party hearing to contest the
Click here to read the SELC
note: This story replaces one that was published late on
Wednesday before the Coastal Resources Commission was aware that SELC
had filed the request.)