Lake Tahoe Resort’s Makeover Plans Spark Lawsuit

SUNNYSIDE-TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Environmentalists have filed a lawsuit to block a Lake Tahoe resort’s redevelopment plan, saying it was inadequately studied and would harm the environment.

The Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore sued the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Placer County on Thursday over their approval of Homewood Mountain Resort’s $250 million makeover.

The resort wants to bulldoze the current facilities and turn the 1,250-acre property into a destination resort with a four-story hotel, ski-in condominiums, two lodges and retail space.

Homewood has described it as the most environmentally friendly project ever at Lake Tahoe.

But the lawsuit — filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento — says it would worsen air pollution and spew runoff into the lake.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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