Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00544 

Received: 1/28/2021 3:42:00 PM
Commenter: Todd Thorne
Organization: Carbon County Commissioners
State: Utah

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
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Submission Text
I have attached the comment letter from Carbon County regarding the Uinta Basin Railway project.

Todd Thorne
Carbon County
Director of Planning
Building Official
Office: 435-636-3261
751 E 100 N Price, UT


January 28, 2021

Sent via email:
Joshua Wayland, PhD
Surface Transportation Board
c/o ICF
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031

Subject: Uinta Basin Railway Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Docket No. FD 36284
RDCC Project No. 76724

Dear Dr. Wayland:
On behalf of the Carbon County Commissioners, we appreciate the opportunity to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Carbon County believes that the Uinta Basin Railway project will fill a gap in major infrastructure that will help develop and diversify the regional economy. The railway would also reduce the region’s dependence on trucks while alleviating road congestion and air pollution. Carbon County supports the conclusion of the Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) that the environmental impacts from this project will be mitigated for or addressed to reduced impacts from the project.
Carbon County believes the proposed Whitmore Park Alternative is the alternative that best meets the needs of the project. The environmental analysis for the Whitmore Park Alternative is thorough and will apply appropriate mitigation that will avoid or minimize major environmental impacts compared to the other action alternatives.
Todd Thorne
Director of Planning and Public Lands