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Squaw Valley may have to tear down new lifts

OLYMPIC VALLEY – Two new lifts at Squaw Valley USA that carried their first skiers last year may have to be torn down if the ski corporation fails to complete an Environmental Impact Review before February.

On Aug. 24 the planning commission revoked Squaw’s conditional use permit for the new lifts.

“It means they no longer have the permit from the county to construct their new lifts,” said Fred Yeager, planning director.

Last year Squaw combined four older lifts into the two newer and faster ski lifts.

But, according to the planning commission’s resolution document, the permit “was obtained through misrepresentation.”

“The County has since learned that (Squaw) has considerably expanded the project, without prior approval, and failed to adhere to the conditions of project approval.”

According to the document, these changes and observations from Placer County and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board officials, “have caused substantial erosion and sediment runoff, and have led to violations of water quality objectives in Squaw Creek.”

Until a new conditional use permit is approved by Placer County, Squaw can no longer operate or upgrade these lifts, according to the document.

“It’s probably going to be appealed to the (Placer County) board,” said Steve Kastan, field representative for supervisor Rex Bloomfield.

Squaw has ignored stop work orders in the past, said Kastan, who said he hopes the same won’t be true for the revocation of the conditional use permit.

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