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Bonneville Racers Push for $50 million to Restore Salt Flats

Posted February 27, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Convinced that a salt restoration program conducted in conjunction with the mining company that has removed millions of tons of salt from the Bonneville salt flats will return the unique landscape to its former glory, leaders from the Bonneville land-speed racing community have asked the state of Utah to chip in $5 million toward a $50 million fund for the program.

“We need to scale the salt laydown project that currently exists,” Mike Swenson, a lobbyist for the Specialty Equipment Market Association, told the Utah legislature’s Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee earlier this month. “We’re asking for the state of Utah to put some skin in the game and to use that as an incentive for the federal government to give us the remaining $45 million.”

The famous racing flats in Utah need a some big-money help.

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02/27/2019 3:46 PM

If you're not going to buy the land from the owners you cannot claim ownership or damages.

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02/27/2019 5:18 PM

It seems to me that the people that have been using the salt flats for many years should have some 'skin in the game' as well...

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02/27/2019 7:34 PM

If the government actually ponies up 5 or 50 million bucks to "restore" the flats. I want assurance that nobody will race there OR collect and sell salt for the winter roads.

This is a problem for who exactly?

BE KIND - TO THE BRINE

Now if they can build a pipe from coastal desalination plants and discharge into the flats? Erm

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02/28/2019 7:48 AM

"This is a problem for whom exactly?"

Answer: YOU, the American tax payer.

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02/28/2019 7:14 PM

Insert 'doh!' here

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03/01/2019 5:52 AM

Doh! It seems someone wants lots of doh for a project that is well over priced. Some countries have that amount of money to run on.

Trim costs by making the project 'suitable for purpose' rather than a 5 star resort with a 3 year life span. It is only a salt pan after all, that has no strategic value, or real monetary value. It is 30 000 acres of 90% common table salt. I am sure $50m of tax payers money could be far better spent on something worthy. Hmm! Maybe not!

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