Corps Sued Over Access To Information About Metro East Levee Repair Project

Oct 4, 2012

A Metro East environmental advocacy group is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over access to information about the Southwestern Illinois levees and plans to repair them.

In the suit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the American Bottom Conservancy (ABC) said the Corps had repeatedly failed to respond to federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

The suit is seeking an injunction from the court to compel the Corps to comply with the Act.

ABC is seeking information about a $160 million plan by the Southwestern Illinois Flood Protection District Council intended to restore Metro East levees to a 100-year flood-protection level. The Corps is responsible for issuing permits for the project.

You can read the ABC’s lawsuit here.

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