Monday, September 10, 2007

Oregon Inlet Bridge Update

Chairman Warren Judge expressed frustration with the Southern Environmental Law Center and Audubon NC for causing further delay in the construction of a new bridge over Oregon Inlet. He stated that the groups were endangering the lives of people and directed County Attorney Bobby Outten to send a letter to both groups and request a list of their contributors and where they allocate their funds. Outten was also directed to send a letter to the NC Attorney General to investigate whether these delay tactics were criminal acts. The day after the Dispute Resolution Board made a decision on the short bridge, both groups requested that the CEQ (Council on Environmental Quality) review the process used by NC DOT to reach concurrence on the short bridge. Congress established CEQ as part of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) which mandates that before federal agencies make decisions, they must consider the effects of their actions on the quality of the human environment. The CEQ is tasked with ensuring that federal agencies meet their obligations under the Act. Chairman Judge requested that the County Attorney also contact the CEQ and ask that they not intercede the process followed by NC DOT.

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