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Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Reno Road Project

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Opponents of the SouthEast Connector project have filed a lawsuit to try and halt its construction.

The Upper South East Communities Coalition filed the suit against the Regional Transportation Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday.

The complaint seeks an injunction against the project under the Clean Water Act - and argues the project will harm the environments of the Truckee Meadows.

The suit also challenges the Army Corps' determination that the project does not need a special permit to move forward because of the potential for increased flood risks.

The suit also says it damage sensitive wetlands and habitat of the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout.

The Regional Transportation Commission released this statement:

"The Upper Southeast Communities Coalition has filed suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the RTC regarding the SEC project and seeking to halt construction currently underway. The complaint is riddled with inaccuracies and misinformation. The RTC has diligently followed federal, state and local ordinances and applicable law, and has acted at all times in accordance with the Corps' direction and process. The RTC has developed an environmental mitigation plan that increases the amount of wetland area over current levels, complies with local flood ordinances, does not increase flood risk to homes, addresses and helps contain historic mercury contamination, and improves emergency access and safety, in addition to a number of other environmental benefits.
To claim as the Coalition does that "homes will be flooded" by the project is not only baseless, but reckless and irresponsible. For the last six years the RTC undertook a deliberative and thorough planning process and met with individuals and organizations to hear their concerns and address their issues through redesign of the project. The SouthEast Connector brings important and necessary transportation, mobility and environmental enhancements to the community. The RTC will vigorously defend the project because of the proper process we followed, and will not hesitate to correct the misinformation being disseminated by the Coalition."

Details regarding the Clean Water Act Section 401 and Section 404 Permit Application, our response to the Notice of Intent to Sue, and factual information about the SouthEast Connector can be readily accessed at www.rtcwashoe.com or www.SouthEastConnector.com

To read the complaint, click here.

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