Full-page ads about the Point Ruston project, headlined "What is taking so long?" (TNT, 1-26 and 1-28), made me curious about the story.
According to a News Tribune article, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is "very concerned that Point Ruston is using the umbrella of permit exemption to potentially avoid complying with relevant laws" (2-3).
But should we blame the City of Ruston? According to the article:
• The developer lacked information about "plumbing and fire resistance" issues.
• The developer "planned to continue anyway without a permit." Arrogance?
• The City of Ruston found out about "a liquid propane system being installed" only during a site visit. "'Some of the work had already been done," said the pipeline engineer.
The issue involved here is interpretation of an EPA permit exemption. And I realize that the developers have a lot of money tied up in the project. However, I find most telling a quote from one of Point Ruston's attorneys: "'Point Ruston has as much right as EPA to interpret the exemption." What arrogance.
Is this the kind of people who represent the developer? If so, keep a really close eye on them or they'll run all over us.