Yesterday, HEC and our partners filed a complaint requesting that the federal court invalidate an Army Corps of Engineers permit issued for the I-69 Evansville-to-Indianapolis highway project.
The permit, required by Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, authorized the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to destroy valuable natural resources by rerouting streams and filling in wetlands crossed by the highway. The water and wetland impacts approved by this permit are located in Daviess and Greene counties, where the proposed highway would cross six streams and rivers, including Doan’s Creek, and the north and south forks of Prairie Creek.
The suit alleges that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers never conducted a thorough, independent, and objective review of the permit application or analyzed alternative routes before issuing the permit. One of these alternatives, a route following U.S. 41 and I-70, would save Indiana taxpayers over a billion dollars and reduce the project’s destruction of wetlands, streams, forests and farmland by 60%.
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