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Rare species could tie up Purple Line plans

Saturday - 11/30/2013, 11:59am  ET

IJAZ MOHAMMAD
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federally protected endangered species located in Rock Creek Park in Washington could tie up plans for the proposed light-rail Purple Line in Maryland.

The Hay's Spring amphipod, a tiny crustacean, has been spotted inside the park downstream of where Purple Line trains would cross.

The Washington Post reports that (http://wapo.st/1b96i2f ) environmentalists are concerned about the transit project's impact on the rare species and are contemplating a lawsuit.

The Maryland Transit Administration is proposing a Purple Line with a 16-mile route between Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Maryland transit officials say state and federal environmental officials have not mentioned the presence of any endangered species along the proposed route. A state Department of Natural Resources biologist says the agency didn't find Hay's Spring amphipods during a search in the late-1990s.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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