EPA recommends denying I-526 permit

Plans for the $489 million Mark Clark Expressway over Johns and James island are moving too quickly for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has recommended that a permit for the project be denied for now.

The S.C. Department of Transportation recently applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state Ocean and Coastal Resource Management for permits to build the road.

EPA said in a Sept. 28 letter to the Corps that the application is premature because the DOT and Federal Highway Administration have not completed their final environmental impact statement for the project.

"We recommend that the permit for the project, as currently designed, be denied," the EPA said.

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