Utah air quality regulators 'past desperate' to find new ways to shave pollution

Published: Thursday, June 20 2013 6:27 p.m. MDT

McNeill said the division has met with Gov. Gary Herbert and discussed rolling out a plan that would require any employer, public or private, with more than 100 workers to develop an employer-based trip reduction plan.

That plan, detailing how workers' travel would be reduced, would have to be submitted to the division.

"Cache County is interested in doing one," he said, adding that a symposium is being planned to bring in other groups around the country detailing what components the plan should have.

McNeill said regardless of the EPA-imposed mandate, it is clear Utah has to get a handle on its pollution problem because of the public health risk it poses.

And with growth, the problem is only going to get worse, he added.

"We're supposed to add another million people by 2040, and those people are not going to come pollution-free," McNeill said.

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