Ken Salazar: New Utah Monuments Not A Hidden Agenda

05/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Washington -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a Senate committee Wednesday that there is no "hidden federal agenda" to unilaterally designate national monuments in Utah and around the West.

Salazar, testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, downplayed a leaked Interior memo highlighting 14 potential new monuments (including two in Utah), saying it was simply an effort to gather ideas from his staff.

"There's no hidden agenda on the part of my department," Salazar said. "As secretary of the department, I'm interested in finding out what my employees are thinking. ... I do think there are a lot of other people out there who have ideas. No one should be too worried that there is a hidden federal agenda because there is not."

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