ARCHES NATL. PARK by Karen Vendell
MR. David Watt
Federal Highway Administrator
P.O. Box 25246
Denver, Colorado 80225
November 21, 1979
RE: Proposed construction activities in Logan Canyon, Utah.
Dear Mr. Watt;
The Utah Chapter Sierra Club is concerned about recent proposals for widening the
existing road in Logan Canyon, Utah. The Sierra Club is particularly concerned about
compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
Please provide information on the following subjects:
1. Finding of No Significant Impact
The Utah Department of Transportation has determined that an Environmental Impact
Statement is not required for construction activities in Logan Canyon. Please send
a copy of this "finding of no significant impact."
2. Environmental Assessment -
The decision to proceed without the preperation of an Environmental Impact Statement
was made before the preperation of an environmental assessment. Council on Environmental
Quality NEPA compliance regulations state that the environmental assessment is to be
used as the foundation for determination of need or lack of need for an Environmental
Statement . How can the Utah Department of Transportation comply with NEPA if they have
decided an Environmental Statement is not necessary without using the environmental
assessment in this decision?
Due to the timely nature of this matter, a response is requested within ten working
days. Sincerely, Brian Beard President Utah Chapter Sierra Club
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