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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Trapped in Utah
heber city, UT

The alert system, while important, is not the issue. The issue is the flagrant dodging of pollution reporting allowed by the State of Utah & DEQ. Why is it that a company can open burn hazardous waste without a risk assessment being done? How do we know that this is safe? Why is the flaring off at the refineries not being contained? How can the pollutants in these plumes be reported and tallied in to the statistics that govern regulatory action? Why is DEQ allowing this? Why is DEQ protecting the corporations polluting activities and not the people and the environment? Why is the Governor not interceeding and demanding that everyone, DEQ and the large corporations, live up to their moral responsibility to safeguard the people and the environment? Where is the Federal Government-they need to intercede and clean up the pollution since the State won't?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

It's kind of like the terror alert system. Remember that gem? Today, the terror threat level is burnt umber, and the air quality is fuscia. I love these colour schemes.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

I am cognizant of the geographical realities that create inversions in Utah. However I would prefer that Utah State government do more to NOT need an air quality warning system, rather than merely feigning accomplishment by creating an elaborate one.

@Trapped in Utah I agree with your post, with the exception of your screen name; I sincerely doubt anyone has a gun to your head leaving you trapped with NO options as to where you choose to live. I moved here voluntarily and while it may be inconvenient financially or otherwise, I can still leave voluntarily if the air gets worse. Therefore I expect your being "trapped" is merely a condescension, not a reality.

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