As it tries to find a way to save the Chesapeake Bay’s tunnels, a company hoping to use its expertise to make the tunnels safer and more efficient is running into a Catch-22: It is trying to build a tunnel in New York, but it must also build one in Maryland, a state that has not approved the project.
“I can’t even imagine how you can make a tunnel across the ocean,” said Charles McVay, chairman of the Maryland State Department of Transportation, who oversees the Cheshire Tunnel and the Maryland Tunnel Association.
“If it’s not approved, you’re not going to get funding.
If it’s approved, it’s going to be a nightmare.”
The Maryland State Transportation Authority has spent years lobbying to secure a state-level approval to construct the tunnel, and it’s clear the tunnel industry has not changed its stance on the project, McVey said.
“The tunnel industry’s been saying, ‘This is not about the tunnel,'” he said.
The tunnels are among the busiest in the United States and could be the biggest source of pollution in the world.
The tunnel industry says the Maryland tunnel is the safest, most efficient, and cost-effective way to keep pollutants out of the bay.
The Maryland tunnel project would provide the state with $3.8 billion in state revenue over 25 years, according to the Maryland Department of Public Works and Highways.
But a tunnel is a huge project, with costs ranging from tens of millions of dollars to billions.
The agency is also building a new tunnel to be constructed in New Orleans, Louisiana, but that project is expected to cost nearly $8 billion and is estimated to take five to 10 years to complete.
McVays job is to look at alternatives to building tunnels, which are typically costly and slow to build.
“We don’t have any idea how many tunnels are being built or where they are,” he said, “so the best we can do is just get the data.”
A tunnel is not the only way the tunnels are not as clean as they could be.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, pollution from industrial activities is “the single most important source of air pollution in cities and towns.”
It says the tunnel problem is particularly acute in Baltimore and surrounding areas, where pollution from manufacturing, warehouses, and other industries contributes the most to pollution.
The state also faces a backlog of permits to build new tunnels, with an estimated $3 billion needed to complete all of them.
“There’s no question that there’s a lot of unfinished business, and that’s what we’re trying to get to in terms of getting a project off the ground,” said McVayne.
“But we don’t know if it’s just a problem of paperwork, or a problem with funding.”
The tunnels could take 20 years to be completed, Mc Vayne said.
A tunnel could cost $10 billion to build and be finished in a decade, but McVee said the agency could use the money for the projects in other ways, such as developing a national energy strategy.
But the tunnels have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years.
In 2015, the Maryland Transportation Authority proposed a tunnel to run beneath Baltimore, but the agency later dropped the plan after it received a federal court order blocking the project from going forward.
In June, a federal judge ordered the tunnel to halt construction, citing concerns about a lack of oversight of the project and its impact on the environment.
Earlier this year, the agency issued a warning that it could take up to five years to build all of the tunnels in the state.
The problem is even more pronounced in the East Coast, where New York has been building the largest tunnel project in history, and Pennsylvania is in the middle of a similar project.
The federal Environmental Protection Department has issued numerous reports detailing the tunnels’ pollution problems, but Maryland is one of the states that hasn’t seen a report.
Officials say the tunnel companies have not taken action, and McVales group says it has never received a response from any of the companies involved in the project to its request for comment.
“You can’t get answers about the projects that are going on without doing the studies,” McVaine said.
If Maryland can’t meet its goal, it will have to build the tunnels over and over again.
The U.N. Environment Program, which monitors environmental pollution in coastal regions, says that more than half of the world’s population lives within 10 kilometers (6 miles) of a major shipping channel.
According in its latest report, nearly one-third of the planet’s land surface is covered by water that is polluted by industrial activities.
The water is a major source of carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases, the U of N’s Climate Change Institute said.
Environmentalists are pushing for the U to address the issue and start paying