Utah air quality alert system gets new color scheme

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  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    We would all be better off if we had been able to vote for having some of the severance tax revenue applied toward subsidizing energy efficient and less-polluting public transportation at lower cost to riders--thereby really encouraging people to drive less.

  • Corn Dog New York, NY
    Nov. 27, 2012 2:20 p.m.


    In Massachusetts and other states that are concerned about water contamination from salt (sodium chloride), they use different, non-soluble traction agents like sand, which also contribute particulates to the air. Just thought you'd like to know.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    to 2 cents: Salt on the roads saves hundreds of lives each year. and Business vehicles of any kind bring food to our grocery stores, mail to homes and businesses, people to people and all other sorts of very good things. I thought you should have a right to know.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    Too many colors. What color is hazardous? It looks like dark green which is on the other end of the scale. Stick with three levels or no one will pay any attention to any of them.

  • Jory payson, utah
    Nov. 27, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    To the people who complain about pollution all the time lets make a deal. You all get together and live off the grid for 5 years. That includes not using anything that causes pollution. Trucks to ship food to you, clothing that is made from the evil pollutants. We people who hate pollution and want to fix the problem without killing our lifestyle will monitor you. If you can survive those 5 years, without complaining we will do what you guys want to do.

    I think that is fair. You guys will live the life you want and we will live our lives. We will give up our lifestyle if you can only maintain the lifestyle it will take to do what will have to be done in order to get zero pollution.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 4:18 a.m.

    Air quality is not the problem of citizens, the state fails identifying why and what is being targeted as making the air bad. Inversions are natural events and on their own do not affect air quality. The state is being elusive at releasing detailed information of what the inversions are trapping. Particulate size is no longer and acceptable response.

    We have a right to know that by salting the roads with thousands of ton's of salt is causing pollution of the air hanging along the I-15 corridor they just made more hazardous with a much large parking lot of idling dump trucks and haulers.

    We have a right to know if business use of heavy equipment and hauler trucks on the roads is polluting the air.

    There is very little effort by the state of Utah to minimize business use vehicles to limit air pollution.

    The problem of pollution by private cars and vehicles are no longer relevant in air pollution, its now time to get down to the truth so the proper violators can be targeted.

  • CP Tooele, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 4:18 a.m.

    I read the entire article and I looked at the scales. I have to say that this new method is very confusing to me. Simple is always better and this new 6 color scheme is not simple. Stick with the old..Green, Yellow and Red.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 10:52 p.m.

    The public has an attention span of about 20 seconds. I'm not sure moving from 3 colors to 6 is a good thing. Eyes will glaze over.

  • PDonty Tooele, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    This whole change assumes that any of us paid any attention to it anyway.

    And, even after reading the entire article, I'm still not sure what the 6 colors are. I got Red, Orange, and Yellow. I assume Green is still a color. But what are the other two? Did I just miss them somehow?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:16 p.m.

    What are we? Homeland Security? Instead of working to fix our lousy air & target major polluters, we'll just change the scoring system. And we keep voting for the same guys that got us here.