The federal fight over the Kentucky tri-modal transpark is now over.
The United States Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. has voted three-to-zero in favor of the transpark.
The Court said the transpark is a local institution that can receive federal funding.
The Warren County Citizens for Managed Growth challenged the allocation of federal funds for transpark-related purposes, because the government had not conducted an Environmental Impact Statement before hand.
The lawsuit was dismissed without a hearing in December of 2005, after a judge ruled a study wasn’t needed. Environmentalists appealed hoping the lawsuit would be re-instated.
Environmentalists’ stance in the case is the park has destroyed historic buildings, threatens natural resources and the quality of the human environment.
Washington D.C. attorney Robert Anderson, Bowling Green’s legal counsel during the case, said the Court ruled the transpark was a local entity and not a federal one, as suggested by environmental supporters in Warren County in the lawsuit.
“We are hopeful that the environmental groups will now recognize that the transpark was not federal from its inception and let this phase of the dispute go,” Anderson said.
Citizens for Managed Growth member Jim Duffer had no comment on the Court’s verdict.