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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 9, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    We have much cleaner air now than years ago. I remember the days sitting in class at McMillan Elementary school, looking out the west facing windows and not being able to see the Oquirrh Mtns on a bright sunny day. Mostly due to Kennecott and Geneva Steel. Now days, I can see them fine nearly every day except those winter days we get the temprature inversions. The Clean Air mantra sounds good, but our air is just fine.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    May 7, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    It's worth some expense to have air that doesn't shorten your life. Too much expense is going to kill any project, however. But in comparison, what are the technologies used in the rest of the country for coal power plant exhaust control? What are their relative installation and ongoing costs? Can some of the pollution controls do double duty as service enhancers, actually helping the financial bottom line of the power plant?

    As for nuclear power, I'd think that this region would be a decent candidate for a nuclear plant? I don't know if this is much of a plus, depending on the processing that the fuel needs to go through, but we've got uranium sources fairly nearby, I believe?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 7, 2012 9:49 p.m.

    "Who pays for expensive power plant upgrades? You and me."

    Clean air is worth any cost.

    What good is your money if you cannot breathe the air?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 7, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    As every utah climatologist knows, man cannot change the climate. So we don't have to try to clean it up.

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    May 7, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    Who pays for expensive power plant upgrades? You and me. WE the ratepayers are the bottom line. The Utah utilities commission would have to approve big rate increases to fund upgrades.

    The phrase "in sufficient doses" was missing from the letter. The listed air pollutants are only a problem if a person is exposed to a high enough dose; they are not a blanket problem for everyone everywhere all the time as implied.

    Why not just clean the air once and for all and replace Utah's coal-fired plants with nuclear plants? It's the only viable solution.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 7, 2012 6:59 a.m.

    Re: "It would seem that the only thing hazier than the Utah air is the judgment of our state's air quality regulators."

    Well, there are the comments in these pages by the liberal/tree-hugger cartel, in favor of high-cost, limited-availability energy.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2012 6:38 a.m.

    Follow the money, Maya. It will all make perfect sense.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 7, 2012 6:02 a.m.

    "Why Utah regulators give decrepit coal plants preferential treatment over the lungs and health of Utahns is beyond me."

    Those lungs don't make nearly as many "donations" as the fossil fuel and electricity industries do.