Work starts on Utah security center
SALT LAKE CITY | Officials are marking the start of construction on a $1.2 billion National Security Agency cybersecurity center at a Utah National Guard camp near Salt Lake City.
A Thursday groundbreaking on 200 acres at Camp Williams might be the last glimpse the public gets of the first-of-its-kind project.
The data center is about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City on the sprawling National Guard base.
It’s designed to help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other agencies protect national security networks and identify cyberthreats, though the NSA has refused to disclose its full purpose or function.
Many think the center is meant for analysis of domestic and international telecommunications. A high percentage of Utah’s population, predominantly Mormon, speaks a foreign language.
The Obama administration Thursday released a proposal for reopening U.S. roads to Mexican trucking companies, describing it as a starting point for negotiations aimed at resolving a long-standing dispute between the two nations.
The Department of Transportation proposal lays out in general terms conditions that Mexican long-haul truck carriers would have to meet, including a safety audit, U.S. emissions standards and driver background checks.
The proposal leaves a timetable and specifics on how many trucks would be allowed to enter the U.S. from Mexico to be resolved by negotiations, which are expected to begin very soon, transportation officials said.
U.S. truck drivers oppose giving Mexican carriers access to the U.S. They say Mexican trucks don’t have to meet as stringent safety and environmental standards as their U.S. counterparts, which gives them an economic advantage.
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