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PANEL’S ARBITRATOR WITHDRAWS OVER QUESTIONS OF FUNDING

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The Institute of Resource Management has withdrawn its services as an arbitrator for the Utah County Commission on Clean Air, but the divorce likely will be short-lived.

"Our position has always been to serve at the behest and request of the commission," said institute representative John Lear. He said the institute is ready to continue service as soon as questions can be resolved regarding funding of the institute's services.The institute was hired in the spring to help the clean air commission's 22 members - including Geneva Steel and Utah County Clean Air Coalition representatives - work together in developing guidelines for cleaning up the valley's air.

Geneva has paid the institute $50,000 to date. But continued funding, slated to come from the county, can be provided only if the institute can provide detailed accounting of expenditures, County Commissioners Brent Morris and Sid Sandberg said.

"The county is simply not going to deal in broad-brushed requests for funds," Sandberg said.

Geneva President Joe Cannon attributes the clean air group's success to staff support and arbitration services provided by the institute. But, he told the group's steering committee Friday, "We have limited resources, as unbelievable as that is."

Meanwhile, commission members are looking at the possibility of incorporating the group as a permanent non-profit entity that will tackle clean-air issues on a long-term, ongoing basis.