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Megaloads debate continues…

Here's a link to my full story at on the wrapup today of testimony in the megaloads contested-case hearing, after three weeks; a decision is due in June. Tonight, company and ITD officials will be in Moscow, Idaho for a public meeting on the plan at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center, 1724 East F Street.

In addition to the Idaho contested-case hearing, the Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil plan to send more than 200 giant loads of oil equipment across U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho faces a May 16 court hearing in Montana on an injunction to block construction of new turnouts and other roadwork there to allow the giant loads to travel through that state; and a lawsuit is pending in federal court over the loads. In the federal lawsuit, Idaho Rivers United has sued the U.S. Forest Service, contending it's required by federal law to protect the designated wild and scenic river corridor from being turned into "an industrial high-and-wide corridor for megaloads," and asking the federal court to block the loads.

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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