Utah native Larry Jensen, who has been confirmed general counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency, said his office will concentrate on bringing cities, like Salt Lake City, into compliance with the Clean Air Act.
Some 60 other cities are failing to meet ozone level requirements, Jensen said. He did not specify what action the EPA will take against the offenders. In the case of highly polluted Los Angeles, for example, totally eliminating all vehicles in the city wouldn't be enough to get the city into clean air compliance for the next 25 years."The time frames for compliance clearly are not attainable," he said. The standards are sound, but we underestimated how long it will take to make effective changes in many areas."
Another problem Jensen's staff will focus on in coming months is the urgency of cleaning up hazardous waste sites throughout the country.
Jensen, a member of the first graduating class at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1976, joined the Salt Lake law firm of Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough in 1979 and stayed there two years until he received a presidential appointment to be associate solicitor in the Interior Department in 1981.