[Photo courtesy of Tawny Knuteson-Boyd]

City and county officials recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate in support of more federal funding for the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project, and to meet with U.S. Department of Energy officials.

Moab Tailings Project Steering Committee member Joette Langianese (second from left, front) is pictured with Senior Adviser for Field Operations Kenneth G. Picha (left), Grand County Council chair Mary McGann, Moab City Council member Tawny Knuteson-Boyd, Office of Environmental Management Senior Adviser Roger A. Jarrell II, Site Liaison Howard Huie (back row, left) and Strategic Communication Specialist Stephan Tetreault.

The local delegation’s members also met with each of Utah’s congressional representatives, as well as Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona; Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California; and others. On their last day there, members of Utah’s House delegation informed them that they had submitted their request for $45 million in project funding per fiscal year to the House Appropriations Committee; members of congressional delegations in Arizona and California assured them that they would support their request.