St. Louis all but declared victory after the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s director gave the city the nod earlier this month for a new $1.75 billion facility. But officials across the river aren’t giving up on a 182-acre site in St. Clair County.
Congressman Mike Bost and other Illinois officials point to errors in the Final Environmental Impact Statement put together by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that sometimes confused the Illinois county with St. Clair counties in Missouri and Michigan.
Bost argues the site, made up of farmland near Scott Air Force Base, would be safer and would need little preparation ahead of construction, making it a more affordable option.
The Belleville News-Democrat reported that the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois commissioned a study on security at both sites. The newspaper obtained the report, done by Command Consulting Group of Washington, D. C., and said it found the Illinois site had major advantages.
That report and other comments are being submitted to the NGA during a public comment period that runs through Monday. NGA director Robert Cardillo is expected to make his final decision in early June.
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