Napa County to address concerns in the climate plan

Ag groups raise issues; ‘policy is jumping ahead of science’

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NAPA COUNTY -- As a county government plan takes shape to streamline evaluation of development projects in unincorporated areas under state environmental protection law, the draft document has come under fire from both sides for lack of clarity and supporting data.

Environmental-protection groups and agriculture groups have taken issue with the methods and greenhouse gas emissions targets in the first draft of the Napa County Climate Action Plan, released around the beginning of this year.

Both sides said the draft climate plan didn't have enough explanation for the assumptions used, conclusions reached and solutions presented.

Many local governments are trying to address the goals of Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions while providing a clear and predictable set of standards for project applicants, according to county planning director Hillary Gitelman. She called that "good governance."

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