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Work starts on train layover facility, but for foes it’s not end of the line


The Maine Board of Environmental Protection will hear an appeal of a permit approval for a Brunswick train layover facility next week in what could be the final regulatory step for the controversial project connected to Amtrak’s Downeaster service.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection staff has recommended that the citizens board reject the attempt by the Brunswick West Neighborhood Coalition to stop construction of the 60,000-square-foot train holding and service facility. Work on the project has already begun.

In July, members of the neighborhood coalition appealed a DEP decision granting the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority the final permit it needed to proceed with the $12.4 million train shed. The coalition argued that the DEP violated department procedures, committed numerous errors when reaching its conclusions and granted a stormwater management permit that does not adequately protect the air, groundwater sources and local waterways.

In its response to the appeal filed with the Board of Environmental Protection, the DEP staff counters each of the neighborhood group’s complaints and recommends that the citizens board uphold the department’s decision. Read the Full Article