Lawmaker Wants Legacy Highway Exempt From Enivironmental Challenges

Lawmaker Wants Legacy Highway Exempt From Enivironmental Challenges

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah Representative Marda Dillree would like the U-S Congress to exempt the Legacy Highway from challenges based on federal environmental laws.

The Farmington Republican has approached former U-S Representative Jim Hansen about lobbying for the exemption.

Under the plan, a sufficiency rider would be attacked to some bill. The rider could decree that Congress believes Legacy's environmental concerns have been met, rendering moot studies otherwise required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Dillree said Hansen told her that he would meet with Governor Mike Leavitt and other Davis County politicians to gauge their support for such a rider. She was quoted in a copyright story in The Salt Lake Tribune.

The proposed highway has been controversial, in part, because of the route planned through Great Salt Lake wetlands in Davis County.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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