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Despite negative public comments, Utah Inland Port Authority Board approves business plan

Posted at 6:45 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 08:45:28-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Inland Port Authority Board has unanimously voted to adopt a five-year business plan for the proposed import and export center.

The board heard from dozens of people who attended a zoom meeting for public comment Monday night.

Most of them sharing their views on why the state should not go forward with its construction.

"The inland port is on stolen land, the Goshutes, the Ute, the Paiute, the Shoshone," one person said.

"Forests and agriculture will be decimated," said another. "Wildfires will become year-round disasters, and Utah will face a climate and an environment that will be nearly unlivable."

Another resident on the zoom call said, "It will take away land use with buildings galore creating terrible traffic congestion and ruining our air quality."

According to our content-sharing partners at the Salt Lake Tribune, Port Executive Director, Jack Hedge, emphasized before the 11-to-zero plan approval that environmental sustainability and economic growth are not mutually exclusive.

The next board meeting will be held on September 16 at 4 p.m.