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Toll Road Appeal Rejected By Commerce Department

A federal agency has rejected an appeal to build a 16-mile toll road through a the San Onofre State Beach Park.

The U.S. Department of Commerce turned down the appeal because there is at least one reasonable alternate route for the road.

The decision upholds a ruling by the California Coastal Commission that objected to the road.

Opponents argued it would harm endangered species and block sediment flow that creates the world-class Trestles surf break.

The Transportation Corridor Agencies wants to build the road in Orange and San Diego counties, appealed the decision to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Angela Howe with the Surfrider Foundation called the decision a "good day for our oceans, waves and beaches."

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