SALT LAKE CITY — Utah canals that pose potential safety hazards— like one in Logan that failed last summer, killing a mother and two children — would be subject to new safety requirements under a proposal that passed the House on Tuesday.
HB60, sponsored by Rep. Fred Hunsaker, R-Logan, would require an emergency management plan from any company that operates a canal or water conveyance that could pose a threat to residents. Failure to assemble such a plan could result in forfeiture of any state money the company might qualify for.
Hunsaker said only a small portion of the approximately 6,600 miles of canals operated in the state have the potential to cause harm in the event of a catastrophe.
HB60 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
The bill may be read online at le.utah.gov/~2010/htmdoc/hbillhtm/hb0060s01.htm.
— Arthur Raymond