Adam Rush, public involvement coordinator for the Idaho Transportation Department, said ITD Director Brian Ness “can accept, reject, modify or hold the recommendation” from hearing officer Merlyn Clark for full contested-case hearings on permits for four ConocoPhillips megaloads on U.S. Highway 12. “He’ll certainly take time to review it and look into it and consult with staff here and see how to proceed,” Rush said. While that happens, Rush said, the stay on the permits remains in effect.
You can read the hearing officer’s 20-page decision here.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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