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Low turnout at public environmental study meeting for new Chargers stadium

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A light crowd turned out on Wednesday night for the public comment meeting about an environmental study to build a new Chargers stadium in Mission Valley.

The meeting was not about the Chargers, but rather about the details of creating an environmental study.

Keeping the Chargers in San Diego could come down to the City Council's approval of a $2.1 million study to re-build a stadium at Qualcomm.

The study was given the green light by the City Council on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, a "scope meeting" about the environment study was in play, and it gave the public an opportunity to share their concerns and what they would like to see included in the study.

The public meeting was part of the required process to get an accelerated environmental impact report, EIR, to build a $1.4 billion, 65,000 seat stadium with no new taxpayer money.

"One of the biggest impacts will be traffic and the roads," said one resident.

San Diego's mayor said it was a crucial move to keep the Chargers in San Diego.

"I am very interested in following the progress of the process. I would love to have the Chargers stay here forever," said Dottie Surdi.

The Chargers have pulled out of the negotiations with the city and county.

Special counsel Mark Fabiani has publicly said there is no way an EIR can be done that quick without getting caught up in the courts.

The Chargers have acquired land in Carson to share a stadium with the Oakland Raiders.

Comments from Wednesday's meeting will go back to city staff who are working on the environmental study.

NFL officials are scheduled to arrive in San Diego on July 28th.

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