Montgomery executive requests highway files from Glendening

November 19, 1999|By SUN STAFF

ROCKVILLE -- Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan has demanded that the governor prove his claim that the federal government will not allow construction of the $1.1 billion Intercounty Connector.

Duncan has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, asking for all communications between the state and federal governments about the highway, which would have linked Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

In September, Glendening killed the project, saying it was environmentally destructive and would never have gotten federal approval. But Duncan said the required environmental study was never completed, so killing the project was premature.

"The bottom line is, the governor has made statements that just don't seem to jibe with reality," said Duncan spokesman David Weaver. "It's one thing for the governor to decide he doesn't want to build the ICC. It's another thing to misrepresent the federal government's position."

In addition to all communications between the state and the federal governments, Duncan wants the records from six state agencies that were involved in the planning and review process.

Glendening spokeswoman Michelle Byrnie said the staff is reviewing the request and "will provide all documents it's required to" under state law. She said Glendening stands by his belief.

The County Council, which opposes the highway, is pleased that Duncan is seeking the records.

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