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SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz

At its July 31 meeting, the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency Board of Directors voted to direct its staff to file legal action to challenge actions of the Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region, a TCA press release said. The action is in regard to the water quality board denying a waste discharge requirements application for the Tesoro Extension of State Route 241.

An application for the permit was submitted to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2012 and denied in June 2013.

The extension plans are for a portion of road in the San Juan Capistrano area, but opponents to The Toll Roads in San Clemente have claimed in the past the roads would eventually encroach the Trestles area along Interstate 5, south of San Clemente.

TCA board members said in prior meetings they would not try to affect the popular surfing area.

“TCA is determined to find the right solution to solve mobility challenges facing South Orange County residents and commuters, and strengthen the partnerships with stakeholders in a way that addresses mobility challenges and minimizes environmental impacts,” the release stated. “The Regional Board approved findings on March 16, 2015 that TCA believed did not comply with the state board’s clear direction.”

TCA media relations manager Sarah King said in a press release the time frame and specifics of the lawsuit are still to be determined. The TCA had not filed any legal action as of Wednesday.

“TCA continues to contend that there is no lawful basis for the Regional Board’s decision and therefore the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency Board of Directors voted to file a lawsuit challenging the decision,” the release said.

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