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WHO KNEW GARY, INDIANA, WAS ENVIRONMENTALLY PROTECTED LAND?
Published November 21, 1995
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the process of winning approval from federal regulators to fill wetlands on the proposed site of a new Bears stadium in Gary will take "at least a year," according to this morning's CHICAGO TRIBUNE. And if the Corps requires a detailed environmental impact statement, "Super Bowl XXXIV in the year 2000 may come and go before a decision is made." Indiana officials hope to have a stadium ready by the time the Bears' Soldier Field lease expires in '99. Once the group files a formal application to fill the wetlands, the Corps will have a public-notice period of about 30 days. But according to the Corps' Project Manager David Gesl, if the project is deemed to have a major impact on the wetland, the Corps can require a full environmental impact statement which could stretch out the final decision on the project for up to five years (Swanson & Christian, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/21).