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450 acres to be cleared of natural debris

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency had 446 proposed building projects in its lap for review as of Aug. 1.

Staff issued 43 permits for the 111 it examined in August. Permits of interest include:

— Approval of a 450-acre forest fuel reduction project on the West Shore near Ward Creek. The permit requires use of wheeled vehicles instead of skidding to remove logs from the forest. The work project also includes nearly 1,000 acres of forest to be thinned by hand to reduce environmental impact to the land.

— Approval of a compressed natural gas station to be installed in the front parking lot of the Lake Tahoe Airport. The station will replace a temporary one installed on Shop Street in 1998. It will supply the buses, trolley pickups and other vehicles at South Shore that run on compressed natural gas. CNG burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel and helps reduce air pollution.

“We’re breaking ground this week,” said Nick Haven, who plans transportation-related projects for the agency. “We’re looking at about a four-week turnaround. So we’ll definitely have it in before the winter.”

— Approval of a project that will improve cell phone reception at the Lake Tahoe Basin. Staff at the TRPA says it has worked for months on the wireless-related permits and expects to approve similar projects in the future.

— Approval for underground fuel tanks to be removed to eliminate the possibility of gasoline or chemical additives leaking from them and contaminating groundwater.

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at gcrofton@tahoedailytribune.com

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