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EPA Recommends Permit Denial on Phase 2 of SE Connector

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Courtesy: Regional Transportation Commission Courtesy: Regional Transportation Commission

The Environmental Protection Agency says the Army Corps of Engineers should deny a permit needed to begin Phase 2 of the SouthEast Connector project.

The SouthEast Connector is a four-and-a-half mile road that would connect Sparks Boulevard at Greg Street to Veterans Parkway at South Meadows Parkway in Reno.

Construction on the SouthEast Connector started around this time last year - and the first phase is nearly complete.

However, the EPA is concerned with the project's potential impacts on wetlands and wildlife.

In a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA says, in part: "EPA objects to the project as proposed and recommends denial of the permit until these issues are resolved."

In response, the Regional Transportation Commission says they're taking steps to ensure the permit will be approved.

"This project has been discussed for decades so we have a lot of historical data, we're compiling that, we're also going in and updating some of that information that's pertinent to provide that to the EPA and the Corps as well for them to review," says RTC project manager Garth Oksol.

Despite the recommendation from the EPA, the RTC is confident that Phase 2 will be begin this summer.

For information about the SouthEast Connector project visit www.southeastconnector.com and www.rtcwashoe.com click on Hot Topics.

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