Tennessee Harbor Project Challenged

     MEMPHIS (CN) – A proposed regional harbor project at Cates Landing in Northwest Tennessee was approved in violation of environmental laws and will contaminate wetlands with 1 million cubic yards of chemically contaminated dredged sediment, a landowner claims in Federal Court.

     Plaintiff Anne Jonas owns 209 acres that Lake County, Tenn., is taking for the project by eminent domain for the Northwest Tennessee Regional Harbor Project, and another 500 acres that will be affected by it.
     The project requires “the dredging of a 9,000-foot long navigation channel along the banks of the Mississippi River, placement of 1.02 million cubic yards of chemically contaminated dredged material on adjacent land, and construction of an adjacent port facility and industrial park,” on 3,420 acres, the complaint states.
     Jonas claims the defendants violated environmental laws, including National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act, that they prepared and approved a shoddy and erroneous environmental impact statement, failed to show it to the public, and arbitrarily and capriciously declared that the enormous project with have no significant environmental impact.
     She sued the Army Corps of Engineers, the Northwest Tennessee Port Authority and Lake County. She is represented by Gary Davis of Hot Springs, N.C.

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