Government security contractor Blackwater Worldwide is reaffirming plans to build a training camp in rural Southern California.
The statement comes a day after residents recalled five members
of the town's planning board who endorsed the project.
Blackwater says it wants to build 11 firing ranges, a driving
track and a helipad. The camp would be located in a valley just
north of a town of 850 people, about 45 miles east of San Diego.
Many residents worry that the training camp will bring traffic,
noise and pollution. Others troubled by Blackwater's activities in
Iraq, including a September shooting incident in which 17 civilians
were killed, have also objected.
Final say on the project rests with the San Diego County board
of supervisors, which won't consider it until environmental impact
reports are completed sometime next year.