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EPA sends second letter opposing State Road 7
Three weeks after issuing a first letter opposing the extension of State Road 7, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has now sent a second letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opposing the project.
In the newest letter dated October 16th, the EPA once again outlines its position that "the permit for the project is not approvable as proposed, because it does not comply" with the U.S. Clean Water Act.
"We believe that the proposed project will have substantial and unacceptable impacts" to the wetlands which are considered by the EPA to be "aquatic resources of national importance."
The EPA in this latest letter expressed concerns that the roadway could also threaten drinking water for the City of West Palm Beach "should a toxic spill occur along the proposed road extension alignment."
The City of West Palm Beach has said it will continue to fight against the extension of State Road 7 through its Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve, despite efforts by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Organization which are both trying to find funding for the project.
State funds had been pushed back to 2020, but both organizations are working on getting the funding for 2016.