THE WESTWAY PROJECT: A STUDY OF FAILURE IN FEDERAL/STATE RELATIONS

This report is the culmination of an intensive 20-month investigation of the proposed Westway Project, a 13-year-old concept for landfilling more than 200 acres in the Hudson River and a 4.2-mile segment of interstate highway on the Lower West Side of Manhattan in New York City. In accordance with the overall jurisdiction of the Government Operations Committee, the investigation focused on policy, procedure and practice in Federal decision-making and oversight concerning Project approval and management processes and in Federal/State relations. The inquiry has sought the answers to four basic questions: (1) why were Federal laws violated in the Westway approval process; (2) to what extent has inappropriate or questionable influence been brought to bear on Federal decision-making; (3) how can the Federal Government restore independent review and analysis--found to be so lacking in the case of Westway; and (4) is there a need for changes in laws and procedures to insure adequate review of proposed highway projects as well as their alternatives? During the conduct of the investigation, subcommittee staff reviewed thousands of records and documents generated and collected over the past 13 years by the Federal and State agencies concerned with and responsible for the approval process for Westway. In addition, subcommittee staff interviewed scores of officials and personnel within those agencies. This report deals with the major issues concerning fundamental deficiencies in Federal/State relations that led to failure and abuse in the approval process for Westway. It is the hope of the subcommittee that this report will serve to encourage and affect improvement in intergovernmental relations and in the approval process for such Federally-funded projects as Westway. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sixty-Sixth Report by The Committee on Government Operations Together with Dissenting Views.
  • Corporate Authors:

    United States House of Representatives

    Committee on Government Operations
    Washington, DC  United States  20515
  • Publication Date: 1984

Media Info

  • Pagination: 57 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 650

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00391653
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: House Rpt 98-1166
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1985 12:00AM