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CONFEREES STALL BOOST IN LAND-USE FEES FOR TV TRANSLATOR STATIONS

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House and Senate conferees on the Interior Department Appropriations bill agreed this week to an amendment offered by Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, to delay for a year the imposition of new, steeply higher fees for use of Forest Service lands for TV translator and other communications stations.

Garn said the Forest Service had valued small desolate mountaintop sites in Utah as high as locations in densely populated Southern California, in some cases as much as $2,700 a year. He called the fees ridiculously unfair.His amendment requires the Forest Service to report to Congress by March 1990 on how it proposes to set site fees using local fair-market value.