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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Pete Holmes' statement on Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project

9/27/2010  4:00:00 PM
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

I’d like to try to ease the tension that followed City Council President Richard Conlin’s Sept. 23 signature on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project.

Conlin’s signature demonstrates his intent for the City to remain as a co-lead agency during the state’s EIS process. His signature does not certify that the SDEIS meets the legal standards for a EIS. As nominal lead agency, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has the primary responsibility for determining whether the SDEIS is adequate.

Because Conlin’s signature does not purport to certify the adequacy of the SDEIS, it is not an affront to the executive authority of Mayor Mike McGinn. The signature neither binds the City nor impedes the mayor’s powers.

Conlin’s signature will have the effect that WSDOT and the City Council want it to have consistent with other laws. I understand that today the City Council is introducing an ordinance that would ratify and confirm the City's intent to remain as co-lead agency./p>

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