MARYLAND

Purple Line may face lawsuit over rare species

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CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) - Federal officials say construction of the light-rail Purple Line in Maryland won't harm an endangered species living nearby, but environmental activists in Chevy Chase are preparing a lawsuit to have the project's impact reconsidered.

The Washington Post reports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found the Purple Line would not harm two types of tiny, rare shrimplike crustaceans. But that could spark a lawsuit. Activists say the federal government hasn't done enough to protect the Hay's Spring amphipod and the Kenk's amphipod.

Environmental lawyer John Fitzgerald says the government didn't consider the impact of new development that would follow a new rail line.

Advocates of the Purple Line say the benefits of the transit line in curbing traffic growth and focusing development around rail stations would outweigh the impacts.

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