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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4 2014 5:20 p.m. MST

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Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Our local problem is worse than nearly any other in the nation. The EPA standards are crafted for the whole country, not for the worst cases. The current Utah law makes it impossible for us to deal with our peculiar situation. Why can't our Republican legislators see that?

jean22
Bountiful, UT

The reason our Republican legislators can't see that the current Utah law makes it impossible for us to deal with our peculiar situation is because they are paid by the Utah Manufacturers Association and the Utah Petroleum Association to NOT see it.

When will our Republican legislators make reasonable clean air laws rather than bowing to the petroleum lobbyists?

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This is a good bill.

Utah regulators can be trusted to use good judgment and not be subject tot he same extremist environmental nonsense that plagues the federal EPA.

If anything, we should be fighting to abolish the federal EPA and their absurd rules. (And let the states re-enact the few good rules).

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"If anything, we should be fighting to abolish the federal EPA and their absurd rules. (And let the states re-enact the few good rules)."

I have no doubt that the EPA has some stupid regulations.

But in traditional Conservative fashion, the solution is all or nothing. Allowing each state to set their own rules for air and water pollution is totally ludicrous.

Yeah but
South Jordan, UT

It is amazing to me how people can read the statute and look at how the state has implemented it and think that this statute change is needed. The statute allows DEQ to be more stringent than corresponding federal regulations if they can demonstrate that it is necessary to protect public health, and that demonstration has been used effectively to create rules like the state-wide stage I vapor recovery program and the minor source NSR program in Utah, both of which are much more strict than the federal programs. Ms. Van Dame sits on the Air Quality Board and knows or should know that whenever the state develops a plan to clean up the air, it is adopted into federal law; thereby becoming federal law; therefore making state law exactly equal to federal law.

The only reason environmentalists want this statute change is to adopt California air quality standards that California, itself, can't meet so we can not meet even more stringent standards than the federal standards that we will soon meet.

Kudos to the legislators who are cautious to put another arrow in the enviroquiver that would be used to kill economic growth in Utah.

cookslc
Cottonwood Heights, UT

As often as our legislators decry Federal government mandates and entanglements, it seems contradictory to accept such in this important matter.

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