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GUEST POV | VA's credibility damaged by environmental study

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By Angela Leet
Louisville Metro Council

Recently the Veterans Administration presented a Draft Environmental Impact Statement to our community that failed to live up to the standards required for a valid EIS.

I had hoped that this EIS process would restore accountability and common sense, but instead it missed the point and further damaged the VA's credibility.  

As an Environmental Engineer I have been a key player in a number of EIS reviews and if the VA had followed their own rules from the beginning instead of continually wasting time and money, I would be standing with them in support of their decision, but the fact remains that I am unconvinced that building this hospital at the Brownsboro road location is what is best for veterans or our community. 

Overwhelmingly the vets in Louisville believe their care is good, but like me they believe the VA has proven that it is not good at construction. 
For example the new VA Hospital in Denver is $1.1 billion over budget. 

This community should be looking for ways to leverage this major federal investment in our community so that it has the greatest impact for all of us. 

A $1 billion rock thrown into a river should make waves that are talked about for generations.  

With vision and leadership this could be the project that begins to link downtown to an emerging job center west of Ninth Street. I am Angela Leet and that's my point of view. 

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