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DATELINE Washington DC, Tuesday, November 19, 1996

Corridor H Alternatives and several West Virginia and Virginia environmental groups filed suit* today in U.S. District Court to stop the building of Corridor H. Filed by CHA attorneys Andrea Ferster and Tom Michael, the complaint says,
"Corridor H would have unavoidable and unacceptable environmental impacts to natural, cultural and scenic resources in what is presently an undisturbed natural area devoted almost entirely to national forests, scenic areas and rural agriculture uses."
CHA claims in the suit that state and federal highway agencies violated federal laws including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4f of the transportation law by failing to consider improving existing roads instead of building a new four-lane superhighway through a sparsely populated area.

Named in the suit* as defendants are US Department of Transportation Secretary Federico Pena and Federal Highway Administrator Rodney Slater, plus WV DOT Secretary and Highway Commissioner Fred VanKirk. Some of the co-plaintiffs include WV Highlands Conservancy, WV Citizen Action Group, Northern Shenandoah Valley Audobon, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, and West Virginia Environmental Council. An amicus brief was filed in May 1997, signed by Scenic America, American Civil War Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Save America's Forests, Friends of the Earth and Taxpayers for Common Sense. Thomas Wilner, Tod Siegal and Eric Greenwald of the Washington law firm Shearman and Sterling wrote the amicus brief.

A long list of Corridor H opponents is available.

* Full text of the lawsuit is now available. After viewing, use the Back button on your browser to return to this page.



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