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EPA faults Arizona study of proposed freeway

roadThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Arizona’s report on the environmental impact of a proposed new freeway in the Phoenix area wasn’t thorough enough.

The Arizona Republic reports that the EPA says the state’s report lacks basic information regarding what impact the freeway would have on air quality and human health and should be augmented with a new study.

A different federal agency, the Federal Highway Administration, will decide whether the proposed South Mountain Freeway connecting I-10 on the southeast and western sides of Phoenix will receive federal funding.

Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Tait defends the study and says the state remains on track to finalize it next summer.

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