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Environmental group sues over lack of notice on Utah Lake plan

 (Salt Lake Tribune) The Friends of Great Salt Lake say they weren't given enough notice to object to the Utah Lake Master Plan.

Attorney Joro Walker filed suit earlier this month in both 3rd District Court and the Utah Supreme Court on behalf of Friends. The suit names the Utah Department of Natural Resources and executive director, Michael Styler, and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands and its director, Dick Buehler. The suit alleges the agencies failed to post adequate notice that they were approving the master plan, which was signed by Buehler and then-Utah Lake Commission Chairman Lewis K. Billings in June 2009.

"Without notice, you don't know what an agency is doing," Walker said.

But Buehler and David Grierson, the division's sovereign lands director, said the group filed its complaint too late.

"It was nearly four months after the closing of the agreement," Buehler said. State law allows 20 days to appeal an agency's decision. He also said the state has not been served with the suit yet.

Walker filed in two different courts because of questions over which body can hear an appeal of the agency's decision. But the facts are the same, he said.

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