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Friday, June 13, 2014

Environment - "Illiana highway ruling slowed by wildlife worries"

From a story in the Gary-Post Tribune, dated Thursday, that begins:

PORTAGE — Federal approval for the Illiana Expressway toll road has been delayed by concerns from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partly over how the project might impact endangered species, an Indiana Department of Transportation project manager said.

James Earl told members of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission at its meeting Tuesday that federal officials have raised concerns about how the highway would affect endangered sheepnose mussel and the threatened long-eared bat, as well as its impact on the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois.

Environmental groups have been talking about concerns about the highway since the first draft environmental impact study was in 2012, Andrew Armstrong, a staff attorney with the Environmental Law & Policy Center that has filed two lawsuits trying to stop the highway, according to a published report.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 13, 2014 08:58 AM
Posted to Environment