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Utah officials urge EPA visit to Box Elder, Tooele counties

Utah officials urge EPA visit to Box Elder, Tooele counties



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Members of Utah's congressional delegation have sent the Environmental Protection Agency a letter urging it to delay a federal proposal that would lump Box Elder and Tooele counties in with some of the state's most polluted areas.

Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett and Rep. Rob Bishop sent the letter Monday.

The letter says EPA officials should visit the counties before deeming that they violate new stricter standards for bits of harmful pollution.

City and county officials worry that being tagged as out-of-compliance with federal pollution standards will mean a reduction in federal highway dollars and add an unnecessary burden to local businesses.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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