Opponents of ICC want deadline extended for comments

February 02, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Opponents of the Intercounty Connector urged state and federal agencies yesterday to extend a Feb. 15 deadline for commenting on the project until June 3.

Forty-five organizations fighting the proposed highway in the Washington suburbs say the State Highway Administration and the Federal Highway Administration have denied them enough time to analyze a draft environmental impact statement released in November.

The statement and its technical reports amount to thousands of pages, and the groups charge they have been denied adequate access to the documents.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan said he would consider the groups' request and reply in the next week to 10 days. He said the documents they are seeking have been available at libraries and other locations.

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