Utah pollution plan 'incomplete,' but new rules abound

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  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    Easy! California emissions standards for our cars and trucks.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    We built the roads during the recession during Governor Herbert's administrations as Governor and Lt. Governor to take advantage of the TARP type bailout money. He is a land developer and wanted his county to be more marketable for further Adobe type developments on the roadside. He also thinks about money and is so happy to have to develop two budgets in case of a cliff jump or two. That is part of life. Economies come and go and he told everyone at his campaigning that the state was doing so well due to his skill and cunning that we deserved to have him run the state for another 4 years. $85,000 for his campaign and $1.3B more for the county he develops and now a 36.5% salary increase is similar to the auto CEOs and Banks that got very high bonuses and perks with their jobs.

    With the Governor in control, he will now tell us that the solution to pollution is dilution, except in Utah county. We may have to send some early developers to the Missouri and Kansas border as there is some potential to make money there and then fewer for pollution here.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 6:03 a.m.

    In another article in today's Des News, it talks about how Utahns are working to bring the Olympics in 2024. Of course, if the IOC visits during Utah's winter inversion months, our bid is sunk!

    I wonder if connecting the goal of landing the Olympics and improving our air quality might encourage Utah policymakers to take air quality seriously.

    There were hearings recently on Capitol Hill regarding growing incidents of visiting business executives checking out Utah for opening branches here, only to be turned off on Utah's air quality. How much business are we turing away (including lost job opportunities) because of our air quality?

    Too many say that trying to clean up the air will be bad for business. I think otherwise. We'll definitely not land the Olympics today with the status quo.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 3:04 a.m.

    And yet this state goes and does something stupid that dissolves any and all established pollution standard and quadrupled the size of the parking lot along the valley corridor with a 12 lane road replacing a 4-6 lane road that they couldn't even get a handle on to reduce road pollution and the I-15 brown air strip. Now its a 12 lane brown strip and even worse on the pollution it generates.

    Utah is not making much of an effort to relocate and spread this pollution thinner, they just keep making the pipe line of pollution bigger and darker. Utah has too much money to spend on pork but not on labor, US industry, or the economy and the brown air corridor.

    I know, its time for more taxes so that we can put in some 200 foot diameter wind tunnel air pumps to blow the air north to less polluted areas of the state. We already have some 10 million dollar now broken water pumps in-case we get a flood so why not some billion dollar wind pumps? Obamaclaus will give the governor a handout to fund it, he thinks.