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Rep. Bishop scolds Interior Dept.
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BY REBECCA PALMER

Clipper Editor

BOUNTIFUL — Not long after the Department of the Interior sent a letter criticizing plans for the West Davis Corridor, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, sent the head of the department a scathing letter of reprimand.

“The analysis submitted by the department was distasteful, callous and wrong,” reads the Sept. 17 letter from Bishop.

Utah’s first district, which Bishop represents, includes Davis County north of Layton and all of western Davis County, meaning much of the proposed land is in Bishop’s district.

His main concern is that the Interior Department’s comments said protecting wetlands and avoiding the Glover Lane route proposed by the Utah Department of Transportation would be best.

Moving the route elsewhere, however, would require the demolition of more homes and private property.

“The issue at hand is homes,” Bishop said in a Tuesday interview with the Clipper. “One of the efforts would destroy a whole lot more personal private property, homes and business, than the other. To me that should have supreme value.”

While fellow Rep. Chris Stewart declined to comment on the corridor plans, citing federalism and not wanting to get involved in a state issue, Bishop said he got involved because a federal agency had involved itself inappropriately.

“It was a federal agency that decided to involve themselves in a local concern,” Bishop said. He also called the comments public lies.

“(They were) unusual and excessive and totally inaccurate, and based on the concept that some wetlands are more important than other wetlands,” he said. “Those kind of statements, those kind of very emotional statements, will not be tolerated.”

Bishop, who also took on public agencies regarding the Legacy Parkway, has not spoken publicly against federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, which also criticized UDOT in public comments.

“When I do it will probably be a different type of response to them because they did it in a different type of manner,” Bishop said.

rpalmer@davisclipper.com

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concernedaviscitizen
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September 26, 2013
Its blatantly obvious that rep bishop represents his own interests, not those of his constituents. He is doing this at the expense of the people and land he is a steward over. This is blatant cronyism. There are so many reasons NOT to do the wdc and the issue it supposedly would correct can be done in a way that's much less harmful to the local environment and the people he supposedly represents. Its a sad day when large federal burocracsies are more in touch with the issues than our own representation. He will not get my vote, infact this issue has recharged me politically and will will spend all the time that I can to ensure this sadly ignorant out of touch soul is no longer my representative.
Farmington_Family
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September 26, 2013
Rep. Bishop is confused why the Department of the Interior, US Fish & Wildlife Service, EPA and Army Corp of Engineers commented negatively on the DEIS for WDC freeway, which is a joint UDOT and Federal Highway Administration project. Why did they comment? Because Congress (which unfortunately includes Rep. Bishop) requires those Federal agencies to comment pursuant to Federal laws that Congress passed, such as the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Department of Transportation Act, etc. Tell Congressman Bishop that he represents you, citizens of Davis County, families and homeowners, NOT UDOT or a slab of asphalt. http://robbishop.house.gov/contact/
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