Published: Friday, April 18 2014 3:00 p.m. MDT
This really hasn't attracted the attention of lawmakers. Their feeble
attempts at a superficial response to the problem is more evidence of that. In
fact, stericycle will not relocate far enough way and its pollution will still
plague the Wasatch Front. An oil refinery was also given the go ahead to expand
on the Wasatch Front, adding to more pollution. The only thing they did was
play around with some wood burning stove regulations that really won't
amount to any noticeable drop in pollution.
Feeble attempt is a good analogy of the Utah governemnt actions. Matter of fact
it is not vehicle emissions or stove wood and coal that are very efficient and
very well designed and don't pollute the air of Utah.Attacking
the citizens and taxing the citizen has always been considered and easy solution
at a feeble attempt to show federal authorities our government is trying to curb
the inversion pollution. The government of Utah no longer calls this pollution
air pollution, they are now calling our inversions air quality as particulate
contamination and its correctly labeled, not at all vehicle emissions stuff.Particulate contamination is directly proportional to road acreage, road
deterioration, vehicle speeds over the roads, and state and corporate applied
materials of mud and salt to reduce icing and black ice before and after
storms.Particulate contamination has increased since the I-15
expansion adding several thousand miles of road acreage to the inversion area. A
trade off they did not consider that promotes development and expanison localize
more population into the same space for the benefit of providing more passengers
for the UTA Mob organization that has taken over control of this states growth.
When I grew up in S. Calif. the smog was so bad it was like an inversion 80% of
the time when there was not sufficient wind or rain. You could't see the
mountains just a few miles away. Anti pollutioin measures definetly helped but
there is still a smog problem often. Here we have a natural
phenomenoh called the inversion where cold air gets trapped below hot air
trapped by mountains and happens a few weeks a year, but everyone freaks out.
Politicians have some power, but they can't veto inversions or regulate
them. No one likes bad air, but we already have vehical emmission regulations,
regulations for refineries and industry etc. So what if we got rid of
stericycle, the refineries, and Kennocott? Does that even make much a
difference, if the real cause is the population of the wasatch front continues
to grow and there are more cars on the road? So what causes the pollution,
something like 70-80% car emmissions? Oh, lets pick on the wood stove people.
We already had no burn days, but thats not enough.
Clean air for Temple Square.
My company is considering moving to SLC with 2500 new high tech non-polluting
jobs. The annual inversion problem is making us reconsider. We estimate that in
addition to the 2,500 direct jobs, there will also be an additional 10,000 jobs
created in the communities up and down the Wasatch Range. Positives: business
climate is one of the best in the nation, educated workforce, good work ethics,
low crime rate comparative to other areas of consideration, incredible
opportunities for off work activities. Conversely: the annual
temperature inversion "problem" (more like catastrophe), traffic
problems and areas for our RD& facility and manufacturing make commuting a
serious consideration. Our facilities are more like a university campus in
design and use, yet because we are manufacturing, we are assigned to certain
areas of the Salt Lake Valley. The biggest problem is the inversion.
The Governor and the legislature don't want to address the realIssue
which is population growth. Too many powerful interests likedevelopers,
realtors who also hold elective offices. Utah will continue to have the
highest autism rate and quality of life will suffer. Only intelligent
growth with lots of green areas will bring balance& common sense to
the pollution issue.
I remember hearing many years ago that the early native people referred to the
Salt Lake valley as "the valley of smoke." Meaning that they were aware
of the natural geographic conditions that led to this valley being hazy and
foggy in wintertime long before any people chose to live here permanently. While
industry and the population can contribute to some degree, the valley itself is
it's own worst cause of haze. Remember, we are living in the bottom of the
Great Basin and when the weather patterns dictate, inversions happen. Fact of
As I consider making SLC my full time home is the inversion layer and air
quality is the one thing that holds me back. I can't believe that they
lawmakers haven't made a decision to take care of this. seems like that is
their duty to assure or work towards assuring that the residents can at least
The sad part is, only when it affects business will it be fixed.
Lets ban people, cars and cows (all that flatulance). While we are at it lets
ban forest fires.
All the hub-bub about the dangers of cigarettes, and then NOTHING about
truly cleaning air for EVERYBODY.Either the coal lobby is stronger
than the outside business looking at coming in, orit's really
only a problem if it's against the Word of Wisdom.
The "actual" sad part is - this past winter was extremely mild as far as
the Utah inversions go. One of the mildest I can remember in the past 20 years.
Yet because of changing EPA standards the federal government rated it as one of
the worst ever. Compared to other cities I have been in around the country and
around the world the pollution problem in SLC is almost non-existent and over
90% of it is from natural causes. Every year the same tired people drag up the
same "sky is falling scenario" telling us that if we walk outside we are
going to drop over dead and that our children are going to get cancer by the
time they are 8.What ever happened to well thought our, science
based approaches to things. Example - 80% of the inversion is from cars - No -
80% of the man caused elements of the inversion are from cars. Since over 90%
is natural that means less than 5% is from cars. Actually way way less but I am
fudging in favor of the alarmists. I get very tired of fake science used to
make a political point.
Encouraging growth will increase pollution unless fundamental changes in our
society happen: decreasing dependance on automobiles, sharp decrease in
industrial emissions and a ban on burning wood, coal, etc. Much to my dismay,
it's not likely to happen in the near future.
That "Clean Air for Temple Square" campaign slogan above was meant to be
sarcastic, but let's not forget that the LDS Church did put out a
sustainability/environmental stewardship statement last fall that binds members
to protecting God's creation.While the Temple Square angle is
important, I believe the more Utahns see economic opportunities fizzle away due
to our air quality -- loss of new businesses/employers coming to the state,
increases in ObamaCare needs/costs due to local health problems, hurt to
families, loss of tourism to Temple Square -- in other words issues that Utahns
really care about -- we won't see much done on air quality. It
is sad to see so much cynicism on this message board about air quality, blaming
Mother Nature for our own filthy society.
Aluminum Chlorohydrate or fog that is so thick you cant see the white line.
I remember hearing a few months ago a discussion on the radio about air
pollution in SLC. Scientists are studying the problem and know exactly what
causes our air pollution. I hope the DN will report on this so we will have
accurate and factual information about our air pollution. Is it caused by
population growth? By manufacturing? By vehicles? By mother nature? I don't
know and I expect most of the people commenting on this article have opinions
but don't really know for sure. Scientists know, and I hope the DN will
keep us and the legislators informed so the legislators can pass workable laws
and business people can make reasonable decisions about moving here or staying
Ban all development within 25 miles of the Wasatch Front.Smoking
cigarettes within 25 feet of a building is illegal, but smoking tail pipes
spewing toxic gases within 10 feet of the building is not. If air
quality is the science to support smoking bans within 25 feet of buildings, then
the same science goes for development.Wasatch Front air is lethal,
because of poor planning of mega road and mega water projects on the wrong land.
State air officials advertising “Utah has occasional poor winter air
quality” is misguided. I-15 is a Carbon Monoxide Corridor not only in
winter but all year long. Move all future development away from the
Wasatch Front just like smokers are moved away from building for public
health.Breathing is fundamental to living. The Wasatch Front cannot
become a Denver. We don't have the natural resource of air now to continue
developing along the Wasatch Front.Moving the prison, increasing
speed limits to 85, expanding roads, expanding the SLC airport, mega
transportation projects (UTA/Traxx/Front Runner and “Hive Passes”)
in urban sprawl will make our air more lethal destroying the existing quality of
life of current Wasatch Front residents. Move development elsewhere.
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