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Arguments Made in Campus Case

Lawyers presented arguments yesterday in a case that threatens to halt construction of the 10th University of California campus, which is supposed to open near Merced next year.

Environmental groups have sued to stop construction of the campus. It´s designed to eventually fill more than 900 acres of rural foothills land just outside the city of Merced, a farming community in the state´s Central Valley. Environmentalists argue that university officials did not adequately evaluate the campus´ impact on air pollution, water and growth.

UC Merced officials maintain that water supply will be adequate and that thousands of acres surrounding the site have already been protected from future development.

The judges have three months to issue a decision.