Utah's congressional delegation just doesn't bring home the bacon like other states, according to the new "Pig Book" released Wednesday about pork-barrel spending in Congress.

In fact, Utah ranked a lean 40th among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in receiving such pork, according to Citizens Against Government Waste.It figured Utah received a mere $13.8 million in pure pork last year. West Virginia - home of Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., who was chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee last year - was No. 1 with $158.4 million.

That's 11 times more than Utah received.

"This year's bacon barometer is still way too high and must be lowered by the 104th Congress," said Tom Schatz, president of the group. He added that it is an argument for giving the president a line-item veto to slice such projects out of funding bills - which the House has approved.

"Eliminating these items by any means necessary is the best opportunity for the president and Congress to show they are serious about reducing the budget deficit," Schatz said, as two huge pot-bellied pigs oinked and ate from a trough by him at the National Press Club.

The group earlier advertised the press conference by having people costumed as pigs visit news media offices to hand out pork sausage sandwiches along with press releases.

The Pig Book includes projects that are requested by only one chamber of Congress; not specifically authorized; not competitively awarded; not requested by the president; greatly exceed budget requests or previous funding; were not the subject of a congressional hearing; or serve only local interests.

It lists what it says are the top three pork projects in each state.

Utah's top three were: $5 million earmarked to help the proposed light-rail project in Salt Lake County; $4 million for a carbon filtration system at Tooele Army Depot, which the Army has said would increase safety of a chemical arms destruction plant; and $2.29 million for improvements to Camp Williams.

Of course, pork is in the eye of the beholder. Utah members of Congress pushed for such projects as needed and justified. In the case of the Tooele improvements, the Army itself suggested the extra spending to comply with recommendation by the National Academy of Science on how to improve safety of arms destruction.

In recognition of "dogged perseverance in the mad pursuit of pork," the group awarded 14 "Oinkers" - its annual awards to prodigious porkers or outlandish projects. Some of them included:

- "The Billion Dollars or Bust Award" to Byrd "whose 1994 total of $158 million brings him ever closer to breaking the billion-dollar barrier - a stated goal of the paragon of porkmeisters."

- "The This Spud's for You Award" for $93,000 appropriated for the Potato Trade and Tariff Association.

- "The Bridge Too Far Award" to Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., "for his sponsorship of a $15 million footbridge to Ellis Island. If boats were good enough for our ancestors, they're good enough for us."

- "The War Games Award" for "14.4 million for the XXVI Olympiad and $3 million for the Special Olympics charged to the Pentagon."

- "The Porking for Posterity Award" to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Mark Hatfield, R-Ore., "who netted $2.6 million more for the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Oregon."