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Public comment on Great Lakes Basin Railroad extended

Surface Transportation Board extends public comment to July 15

MORRIS – The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced in a news release Friday an extension to the comment period for the draft scope of study for the preparation of the environmental impact statement for Great Lakes Basin Transportation Inc.’s proposed rail line construction.

As proposed, the Great Lakes Basin Railroad project would run 275 miles from La Porte, Indiana, to Milton, Wisconsin, and cut through Grundy County. Those spearheading the estimated $8 billion effort filed paperwork in March with the federal Surface Transportation Board, the governmental agency responsible for approving or denying the project on its merits while examining potential environmental impacts.

The paperwork triggered hearings and a comment period for the public and interested parties.

The original deadline in May already had been pushed back to June 15. This recent deadline extension will keep the comment period open until July 15.

According to the news release, the deadline “has been extended an additional 30 days until July 15, 2016. No further time extensions will be granted.”

The news release also states that any comments previously submitted do not need to be resubmitted.

For information, including how to file written comments, visit www.GreatLakesBasinRailEIS.com or call Dave Navecky with the board’s office of environmental analysis at 202-245-0294.

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