Environmental groups sue BLM for reopening badlands near Factory Butte to off-roaders

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Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the federal Bureau of Land Management, arguing the group reopened land to unfettered motorized use without investigating the potential environmental impacts.

The groups — the Natural Resources Defense Council, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (or SUWA) and The Wilderness Society — say cross-country off-roading in the area will cause soil erosion, worsen air and water quality and could hurt an endangered species of cactus that grows in the area, according to the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in Utah’s U.S. District Court.

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