Senator Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake) has introduced SB217-Environmental Impact Mitigation Regarding New Prison Project. This bill
“This bill is about ensuring that residents affected by prison construction get the information necessary to protect themselves and their families,” says Sen. Escamilla. “They need to know that their voices have been heard and that they can be confident the information they get accurately describes the environmental effects planned near their homes.”
An estimated 1.3 million cubic feet of dirt will be hauled through residential communities and dumped at the site. That fill will be used to ensure the half billion dollar prison facility doesn’t sink.
The legislation would accomplish three main objectives:
• Require the State Division of Air Quality to report on air quality monitoring activities in the vicinity of the new correctional facility’s construction project.
• It also requires the Department of Administrative Services to devote a section of its website to providing information about mitigation efforts for the construction project.
• And requires the Prison Development Commission to invite the presentation of environmental impact mitigation information at commission meetings.
“This isn’t controversial or confrontational,” says Sen. Escamilla. “It’s public health information that should be available to anyone living in the community.