Saturday, May 25, 2002

Scientists criticize Transpark report

The Associated Press

        BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Scientists aren't buying an environmental report that said the proposed Kentucky Trimodal Transpark would not damage Mammoth Cave National Park.

        The report was compiled by Western Kentucky geology professor Dr. Nick Crawford for the Intermodal Transportation Authority (ITA), the government group which is managing the $100 million industrial park.

        Scientists representing Karst Environmental Education and Protection (KEEP) say the report's findings are faulty.

        Hydrogeologist Chris Groves said its shortcomings are highlighted in a review of Mammoth Cave completed last week. The park's review concluded that the report “downplays the fact that the entire transpark site is located upon the sinkhole plain.”

        “Although it is true that a subsurface drainage divide exists between the Transpark site and Mammoth Cave, heavy rainfall can cause the groundwater to rise high enough to spill over the divide and flow into the Mammoth Cave drainage basin,” the Web site said.


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