A streamlined version of the Governor's Clean Air Commission assumed the task of implementing a comprehensive plan to improve Utah's air and will continue to meet for at least a year, a state official said Friday.
The Clean Air Commission essentially closed out its duties after an afternoon discussion session of more than 100 recommendations for improving air quality, said Burnell Cordner, director of the state Bureau of Air Quality.The recommendations - which include such proposals as dedicating freeway commuter lanes, establishing major education programs, setting stricter emissions standards and building a light-rail system - are expected to be incorporated in legislative proposals over several years, beginning with the January 1991 session.
Budget and legislative priorities outlined in a preliminary report on the recommendations include:
- Setting up a public education program.
- Creating an improved emissions inventory.
- Providing additional training for emissions inspectors and mechanics along the Wasatch Front.
- Funding increases in Bureau of Air Quality staff.
- Providing technical assistance and information for small businesses relating to air quality.
- Creating incentive programs to encourage replacement of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces with cleaner heating sources.
- Dedicating a quarter-cent sales tax to fund light-rail transit and to double the number of buses and transit routes.
- Establishing incentives for purchase or conversion of vehicles or fleets to meet a clean fuel standard.
- Setting up a program that requires emissions certification when vehicles are sold.
- Establishing an emissions inspection program for government vehicles.