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Forest Service opposes proposed megaload shipment

Published On: Jun 22 2013 01:24:32 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 22 2013 01:45:03 PM MDT
Megaload makes its way through Montana
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The U.S. Forest Service is telling the Idaho Department of Transportation it can't support an application for a massive shipment to move on U.S. Highway 12 across northern Idaho and into Montana.
    
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell sent a letter to ITD Chief Deputy Scott Stokes informing him of the federal agency's decision.
    
The state agency is considering an application from Omega Morgan to move a water purification vessel weighing 644,000 pounds from the Port of Lewiston along the Wild and Scenic River corridor to the Montana border.
    
A federal judge ruled earlier this year that the Forest Service has the authority to get involved in so-called megaload shipments and "acted unlawfully" in the past by failing to do so.