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The EPA letter said the freeway has "the potential to permanently and significantly impact this important and irreplaceable resource" of wetlands.
EPA also said "the Shepard Lane alignment appears to be less environmentally damaging to the GSL ecosystem" than the now-preferred Glovers Lane route.
Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, wrote this week to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell complaining about her agency’s criticisms. He said federal officials care more about "a few acres of wetlands" than saving more people’s homes.
Erickson, representing critics, said the similarity of complaints by the three separate federal agencies "shows this project isn’t shovel-ready." He’s especially encouraged that the Army Corps of Engineers and the Interior Department want UDOT to study the option that would avoid a freeway.
"Their support for full review of the shared solution alternative is most encouraging and welcome. The shared solution, we believe, can meet the future needs in west Davis County and the top of Utah without dividing communities and harming the environment," Erickson said.
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