first_imgROSEMEAD – Earthmovers rumbled across the alluvial soil Friday where a Wal-Mart Supercenter is being built.From a tall lamppost on Rush Street, a red-tailed hawk watched as its former hunting grounds were graded by the giant yellow Caterpillars.Watching from the sidewalk along Rush was Jim Flournoy, clutching a seismic map, a copy of the 1983 Rosemead General Plan and the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act with its powder-blue paper cover.The Rosemead resident is suing to put a stop to the Wal-Mart project based on what he alleges is a lack of study of a fault line across the 24-acre property.The Alhambra Wash fault line cuts a northwesterly slash across roughly the center of the land at Walnut Grove Avenue and Rush Street, where Wal-Mart is building. The fault is one of a smattering in the area, each an extension of the fault that caused the deadly 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake.Wal-Mart is building its 204,388-square-foot store outside the mandated 100-foot setback from the fault.Flournoy said little is known about another fault, the Puente Hills blind thrust, that also cuts a wide swath across the area, including under the Wal-Mart site. Flournoy’s suit alleges that without the studies the Supercenter should never have been approved.The environmental impact report the council used to approve the project includes two studies evaluating to some degree the dangers presented by area faults.“There are studies,” Flournoy said. “But they’re not the studies the law requires them to have.”The studies are available in the appendices of the EIR, which was produced by Ontario-based Applied Planning Inc. The EIR can be found at Hall defends the studies.“All the studies are there, they’re done,” said Brad Johnson, Rosemead planning director. [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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