Published: Sunday, Oct. 7 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Mr. Moench"s article is well intended, but his use of this summer's air
pollution as an introduction to a need for stricter regulations on the oil
refinery expansion demonstrates the author's extreme bias in these matters.
He knows that this summer's extensive air pollution problems were caused
in the main by raging fires throughout the state and intermountain region. No
amount of increased state regulation, unless it were to control for non-man made
fires, and reduce population along the Wasatch Front would have much if any
impact on the level of the region's air pollution this summer. Further,
the contention that less exposure is more harmful than greater exposure to the
harmful elements, seems to contradict his thesis. These types of articles and
fear mongering do little to provide real help to improving the quality of our
air or encouraging state regulators and legislators to hold industry to higher
standards. A more reasoned, and better documented opinion would do much better
in this regard.
Great article Mr. Moench. Well reasoned and properly documented except to those
who want to sweep human health under the rug and give the pollution pigs a blank
check. Trusting the DAQ in matters like this is a BIG MISTAKE. DAQ
is unwilling to recognize our personal need for our own safe and healthy
breathing air. They are not willing to provide quality air for us as
individuals. We as individuals count for nothing in their grand scheme of
things. They are masters of deceit and professional liars to boot. They provide
WINDOW DRESSING ONLYWood burning, in any form, is the most intense
and concentrated form of toxic air pollution the average citizen is exposed to.
This op-ed is "what we've come to expect" from Dr. Moench. The
doctor is an environmental activist who is opposed to mining, fossil fuels, and
nuclear power. But his opposition is not based on science, it's based on
ideology, emotion, and manufactured fear.The serious threats that
Dr. Moench warns us about are minimal or non-existent. The "endocrine
disruptors" issue is a false health scare that was debunked years ago.If we follow his recommendations, this would further damage our economy
and kill jobs, while providing little or no provable health benefit.
Tell that to the legislature. Last time anyone tried to clean up the air, repub
legislators shot it down. Evidently they believe bad air = good for business.
Dr.Moench monthly letters are great for raising hackles. But why does he turn
on the lights in the morning when he awakes. He hasn't stopped his use of
copper, oil, and transportation. If he truely has a medical practice, it is
full of equipment requiring the items he deems should not be produced. No one
wants dirty air, but get real, what are you willing to do without. The food you
eat, the cloths you wear, the street you walk on, the car you drive, are all
based on copper, oil, coal and other mined metals. So if you are going to
support Dr. Moench's letter, tell us what you have done to eliminate all
uses. Remember just a little use is demand for the products.
I thought the free market could regulate itself? ha ha
Re: Tom Gillilan LONG BEACH, CAInstead of blubbering about the
current price for a gallon of gasoline in California the good folks in that
state should be proud that they have limited the number of refineries producing
that product.It is unfortunate that Utah is downwind of California
and all their air pollution. Keep sending us your jobs, not your bad air.
It is not about loosing jobs or industry, it is about loosing lives - it is
about industry using the techniques that have been developed and that are
required to be in place, in many States, to curb the pollution, something that
the State of Utah's DEQ is not willing to insist on. Yes their profits
would be lower for the short term as the necessary equipment is bought and put
in place but they would still be able to operate and curb the pollution.
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