WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two of Utah's delegation, Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Rob Bishop, released a letter requesting information regarding conflicting statements about the decision to close the tower at Ogden-Hinckley Airport.
The letter, dated Friday, was addressed to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta
The letter states that in March, Bishop wrote to Huerta at the FAA pointing out how the closure of the Ogden tower, located less than three miles away from Hill Air Force Base, would "result in significant negative safety impacts upon military flight operations and readiness," and asked if the FAA had considered these impacts.
In April, Lee and Bishop both wrote, "The FAA informed Senator Lee's office that DOD reviewed all 189 contract towers under consideration and provided no feedback on the tower closure" at Ogden.
However, DOD did confirm to Lee's office that it had in fact provided a detailed report to the Department of Transportation, which oversees the FAA, listing the closure at Ogden as having a "severe" impact on defense department operations.
Lee and Bishop have asked FAA to explain why their representatives told Lee's office they received no feedback when they had.
They added, "Our highest priority is ensuring the safety of our service-members and those who utilize these Contract Towers. This is a serious matter and we request your attention and prompt reply."