Utah communities mark some improvement in air pollution battle

Published: Wednesday, April 24 2013 4:20 p.m. MDT

• Cleaning up gasoline and cars by moving to a tighter gas and vehicle standard before the end of this year.

• Increase funding to clean up the air by enhancing monitoring systems and implementing critical air quality programs.

• Cleaning up coal-fired power plants, which are the single largest producer of greenhouse gases, according to the association. The Environmental Protection Agency should finish its process for setting carbon pollution standards for new power plants and strengthen standards for existing plants.

• Strengthen ozone standards.

The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2013 report is an annual, national air quality report card. The 2013 report — the 14th annual release — uses the most recent air pollution data, compiled by the EPA in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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