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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Environment - "Opponents hope bat, mussel can stop Illiana construction "

Updating this ILB post from June 13th, Carrie Napoleon of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today in a story that begins:

A bat and a mussel could jeopardize construction of the Illiana Tollway, something that hundreds of local residents opposed to the project have been unable to do.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has raised concerns about how the proposed 47-mile highway would affect the endangered sheepnose mussel and the threatened long-eared bat, James Earl, project manager for the Indiana Department of Transportation, recently told the transportation committee of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

There’s also continued concern about how the tollway would impact the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Will County. The tollway, estimated to cost $1.5 billion, would run from Interstate 65 near Lowell to I-55 near Wilmington, Illinois.

Environmental groups have been worried about the highway’s environmental impact since the first environmental study was completed in 2012. Andrew Armstrong, a staff attorney with the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago has filed two lawsuits in trying to stop the highway.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 19, 2014 12:21 PM
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