Thursday, we’re talking about the Utah Inland Port. Proponents say it’s the economic opportunity of a lifetime, but opponents say, not so fast. We’ll talk about where the port idea comes from and ask, is this a done deal?
Thursday, we’re talking about the Utah Inland Port. You may have heard about it by now. Last year, legislators passed a bill that established a port authority here in landlocked Utah. Proponents say it’s a unique economic opportunity, that it will bring jobs and connect the state directly to the flow of international trade. But opponents say, not so fast. They have a long list of concerns from air quality to tax revenue. We’ll talk about where the port idea comes from and ask, is this a done deal?
- Benjamin Bombard is a RadioWest producer.
- Chris Conabee is the interim director of the Utah Inland Port.
- Deeda Seed is an organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental advocacy group. She's also a member of the community group Stop the Polluting Inland Port.
Protesters Shut Down Inland Port Meeting
A monthly inland port meeting lasted just 15 minutes before it was canceled because of disruptive protesters Wednesday afternoon. About two dozen people interrupted proceedings at the meeting with chants of "No inland port!" and "Abort the port!" before board chairman Derek Miller called a brief recess.