The Utah Legislature has never been accused of conspiring with environmentalists. But three weeks ago, Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups publicly excoriated the Department of Environmental Quality for what he saw as an illicit relationship with EnergySolutions. It was a breath of fresh air, and no one saw that coming. If Waddoups would like more breaths of fresh air he would next scrutinize the DAQ's relationship with industrial polluters. And if he examined the Legislature's role in this, like passing Sen. Margaret Dayton's two bills this year, he would see that subordinating environmental and public health protection to industry is the exact outcome his fellow legislators intended.
And if he feels his blood pressure rising, it may be what he's seeing, and also what he's breathing.
Brian Moench is president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment.