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WATCHDOG: County’s rail team told state key permits were in hand for reload center – they weren’t

Hopes that construction on a rail reload center could start soon evaporated recently after key permits from the federal government and the state were declined. (The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawan)

NYSSA - Malheur County’s economic development team falsely represented to state officials for months that they had all the key permits needed to launch construction of the Treasure Valley Reload Center, according to state and county records.

The permits weren’t just a matter of paperwork.

They helped lay claim to $25 million being held by the state . . .