Maryland anti-terrorism center hits another delay

The construction of a $100 million anti-terrorism center on Maryland's Eastern Shore meant to teach response techniques for bioterrorism and other CBRN attacks has hit another snag.

An environmental group has announced its intent to sue the State Department over the training center, saying that it will harm the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, reports.

Additionally, the Center for Biological Diversity claims that the State Department did not consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the center.

The group told that it also plans to sue the General Services Administration.

This is just the latest setback for the anti-terrorism training center, which will be built on 2,000 acres of privately owned land.

Federal officials said in April that an expected draft environmental assessment was delayed until "late spring." The draft was then pushed back until at least late July, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The process, Gina Blyther Gilliam, a GSA spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun, was delayed because of the need for "additional studies and analysis."

The Environmental Protection Agency had urged federal planners to abandon the current assessment in March, calling for a more thorough environmental impact study. The more thorough study would create delays for several more months at the least, and several years at the most.