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  by electricron
 
Gilbert B Norman wrote: Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:53 pm Ron, the segment I was addressing was the proposed route of I-95 through Northeast Wash - an area "not exactly Georgetown".

Get out a map of Wash and locate where the 395 ends @ NY Ave. Then locate where 95 and 495 diverge sort of near the New Carrollton Station. Draw a line between those two points and "more or less" that was the proposed segment the NIMBY lobby successfully "whacked" during the 60's.
1960s being the key time frame. The EPA Act was passed in Congress in 1969, and the EPA was formed in 1970. Afterwards!

You really do not believe President Nixon was a die hard environmentalist who did not wish to see highways built, do you?

While the EPA purpose is to protect the environment, it is not designed to kill projects. It sets up processes to identify, then mitigate problems, so that the project in question gets built. Years are added to the project planning it, but the project will eventually get built incorporating all the mitigation measures.

Take the SMART train as an example. They were rebuilding a railroad line in the swamps of the north San Francisco Bay. Building in or over any waters in the USA is an environmental issue. To mitigate any new environmental damages, SMART mitigated that by removing an abandoned marina in the swamp. SMART was able to finish its project by spending more on something completely different in the swamp. Environmental justice some might call it. Never-the-less, SMART was able to finish the railway.

And that is what all these EIS processes under the EPA ultimately do.
  by Pensyfan19
 
¨Yare Yare Daze¨ (Jotaro Kujo, Jojo's Bizarre Adventures) [translates to ¨Good Grief¨]

https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2 ... backtracks
DALLAS...
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The Dallas Morning News reports that Abbott, the Republican in his second term as governor, sent a letter last week to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga saying, “This venture has my full support as Governor of Texas, and I am hopeful that final negotiations of this project with Japan can be concluded so that construction can begin. … Public support and momentum are on our side, and this project can be completed swiftly.”

But after Texans Against High Speed Rail publicized the letter and asked its backers to register their opposition, a spokesman for the governor told the newspaper that Abbott is reconsidering his position, saying he could support the project only if “the private property rights of Texans are fully respected. .. The Governor’s Office will re-evaluate this matter after gathering additional information from all affected parties.”

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Last edited by Jeff Smith on Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:32 am, edited 1 time in total. Reason: edited for brief, fair-use quote
  by eolesen
 
Surprised that an elected official might change his stance based on how his constituents reacted to something?

I thought that's how things were supposed to work.
  by electricron
 
We are in election season presently, just wait another month for the elections to be over and watch the winds change again.
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