Mitt Romney wants review of federal fire recovery funds

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SALT LAKE CITY — Senators from Utah and Colorado want a congressional watchdog to look into difficulties fire-ravaged communities face in using federal recovery funds.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Sen. Michael Bennett, D-Colo., this month called on the Government Accountability Office to review the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program.

“While communities can implement a number of steps to reduce damage and mitigate risk following wildfires, these measures place undue financial strain on property owners and state and local governments,” the senators wrote in a Nov. 13 letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.

“Over the past few years in Colorado and Utah, post-fire flooding and erosion has caused millions of dollars in damage and required significant investments from state and local partners.”

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