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September 13, 2016 SeaTac will appeal Port's decision to forgo environmental review in phase 1 of 3,000 tree-cutting plan
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By Gwen Davis

The City of SeaTac will appeal the Port of Seattle's decision to forgo an environmental review for the first phase of their 3,000 tree-cutting plan.

The Port will cut down nearly 3,000 trees in the upcoming three or so years. But the Port determined that for the first part of the plan, where they will cut down nearly 1,200 trees on Port property, they will not need an environmental review to proceed with the cuttings. (However, future phases will need environmental reviews, Port officials have stated in the past.)

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The question was brought up in Tuesday's council meeting by Councilmember Peter Kwon. “The Port will not conduct an environmental study, but they will cut down over 1,200 trees,” he said. This plan should require an environmental study, despite what SEPA, (the Port's environmental review group) has determined. Therefore a motion to appeal might be warranted, he said. The deadline to appeal the decision is this Friday, which doesn’t give the council much time, he warned.

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