The Coalition has been told by the Regional Field Office of the Army Corps of Engineers that they are no longer taking meetings on the Southeast Connector. They are reviewing the massive amounts of documentation that has been provided to them on the 404b Permit Application from the Regional Transportation Commission on the southeast Connector Road Project.
We still work everyday, while we are waiting on a determination, behind the scenes to reach the right people who can help us make sure this massive infrastructure project is not placed over federally protected wetlands, in the last of the area flood plains that are federally and locally designated flood storage areas. We anticipate a determination sometime in June. The waiting is always the hardest!
The fact that the Regional Transportation Commission plans on using heavily contaminated soil as road base fill (with methyl mercury and arsenic) in these wetlands and this flood plain make us work that much harder to make sure this project is determined to NOT be the Least Environmentally Damaging Practical Alternative(LEDPA).
RTC must prove that there are no other routes that are viable(which our legal representatives, the Coalition and hundreds of our supporters believe that they have not done) to meet the criteria for a Clean Water 404b Permit.