AAF Environmental Report Outdated

By Lisa Broadt
August 1, 2017
TC Palm

Treasure Coast officials on Tuesday said a 2015 federal environmental report, which found few problems with All Aboard Florida’s passenger-rail project, is outdated.

Martin and Indian River counties and the citizen group CARE FL in a letter called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to mandate a supplemental environmental report, a requirement that could slow down All Aboard Florida should the company decide to pursue a federal loan.

Ruth Holmes, senior assistant Martin County attorney, in the letter said the 2015 report “has grown stale and there have been a number of new circumstances that warrant DOT’s careful reconsideration.”

The counties and CARE FL have been vocal opponents of the Miami-to-Orlando railroad and have filed several lawsuits in an attempt to block it.

The 646-page final environmental report, released in August 2015, concluded that any harm from All Aboard Florida — including impacts to waterway navigation, public safety and historic preservation efforts — could be mitigated.

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