Southern Delivery System: The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are not planning a new EIS now that Colorado Springs’ stormwater enterprise is kaput

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency told state Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, that the EIS is sufficient and no further study for SDS is needed. Pace is disappointed with the response. “These federal agencies put no effort into their responses,” Pace said. Pace wrote to the federal agencies, including the Bureau of Reclamation, in April and requested additional environmental studies of how Fountain Creek will be protected without a stormwater enterprise…

Both the Corps and EPA said Colorado Springs has made commitments to protect water quality through Reclamation and Pueblo County 1041 processes. “The loss of the stormwater enterprise adds to Colorado Springs Utilities’ challenge in meeting relevant conditions of the various authorizations for SDS, but does not preclude it,” said Lt. Col. Kimberly Colloton, Corps district commander.

“EPA does not believe that the revocation of Colorado Springs’ stormwater enterprise in December 2009 affects these commitments made by the SDS participants to protect water quality,” said Larry Svoboda, NEPA compliance director for Region 8 of the EPA.

“They both sent one-page letters,” Pace said. “I was surprised how they didn’t address any of the numerous points I made. I would have expected a more thorough response from the agencies charged with protecting the waters of the nation and enforcing the National Environmental Policy Act.

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