Idaho environmental group appeals BNSF bridge permit

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An environmental group is appealing an Idaho Department of Lands encroachment permit granted for a BNSF Railway Co. bridge.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports court records show Wild Idaho Rising Tide filed the action Friday in 1st District Court.

Group member Helen Yost argues that the second bridge across Lake Pend Oreille jeopardizes water resources, air quality, wildlife habitat, indigenous rights, navigation, tourism and recreation.

The group also argues that the bridge will increase noise and pollution, in addition to the potential for accidents and derailments involving fossil fuels and hazardous materials.

Idaho Department of Lands Public Information Officer Sharla Arledge said in a statement that the department is reviewing a copy of the petition, and will determine the next steps to take.

The legal action calls for a judicial review of the permit’s issuance.