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Newport Beach

May 11, 2000|Alex Coolman, (949) 764-4330

The city's efforts to have its blanket dredging permit reinstated were met with mixed results Tuesday at the California Coastal Commission meeting in Santa Rosa, Deputy City Manager Dave Kiff said.

Although some of the city's requests were granted at the meeting, Kiff said the commission refused to relax its standards on the sand content permitted in dredge spoils that could be dumped on city beaches.

The commission's position means Newport Beach will be forced to engage in extensive chemical and bioassay testing of the soil in the bay, Kiff said. The process could take two to three months and cost $40,000 to $60,000.

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