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McKee recommends permits for megaloads

Retired Judge Duff McKee has issued a 63-page ruling on the proposed Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil megaloads on Highway 12, recommending they be permitted. Click below for a full announcement from ITD; you can read the ruling here.

Hearing officer recommends permits be issued to ExxonMobil to travel on U.S. 12

BOISE - A hearing officer recommended today that ExxonMobil be issued permits to transport overlegal loads on U.S. 12.

The company proposes to move approximately 200 large loads from the Port of Lewiston to the Montana border on U.S. 12. Opponents argued against the issuance of the permits before retired judge Duff McKee during an April hearing in Boise.

In his 63-page recommendation, McKee determined:

- “In this case, and based upon the findings of fact and analysis, I conclude that none of the complaints or issues raised by the protesting parties are sustained.

- I conclude that there is no other basis under the law or regulations of ITD that would justify a denial or revocation of the overlegal permit in this case. I conclude there was no error in procedure on the part of ITD in the issuance of the permit in this case, or any other basis to interfere with the executive determinations of the department in issuing the permits in this case.”

For a copy of the entire recommendation, click on this link:

All parties now have 14 days to file a motion for reconsideration to the hearing officer. The hearing officer would then have approximately 21 days to rule on the motion. The parties could then appeal the ruling to Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness. Ness would have 56 days to rule on the appeal.

After this process is complete, or if no appeal is filed, Ness will accept, reject or modify the ruling.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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