Utah's air quality problems a hot topic at Legislature

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  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 8:52 a.m.

    I love Utah - but I will be moving within the next two years because my lungs simply cannot take it any longer

    If the legislature wants Utah to remain business (and human) friendly - they must tackle the problem NOW and do it aggressively

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 13, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    The legislature will respond by passing a bill that gives tax credits to people who buy SUV's and then explain to us how having more SUV's on the road will help clear our air. That's just how our legislature works.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 3:53 a.m.

    All they have to do is raise the taxes, it always works when accountability is adjustable. Red day UTA isn't feasible, they have other ponzi schemes to spend our tax dollars on.

    The 2nd biggest factor is over concentrated development and unsustainable busienss stressing natural resources.

    The biggest factor is 18 lane roads from one end of the valley to the north and south borders of the state all being sprayed and treated with environmentally hazardous salt, mud, dirt, and commercial vehicles with loosely written and regulated emission standards.

    Individuals cars and vehicles are not polluting with emissions however alternative fuel and hybrid cars are worse polluters than SUV on high octane gas according to new studies and information being released.

    Pollution is from salting the roads and commercial haulers spilling and tracking mud debris onto road surfaces that are being thrown up in the air. Go east or west of the freeway and its all there, the brown cloud is the freeway and its government contributions to pollution

    Stop salting roads and force limited commercial use of vehicles with mileage based taxes on commercial vehicles only. Its time for business to be friendly to citizens of this state.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 10:17 p.m.

    **'Lung Association slams Utah areas for bad air' - By Amy Joi O'Donoghue - DSNews - 04/30/09

    **'Study says coal burning in Utah kills 202 a year' - AP - Published by DSNews – 10/19/10

    **Studies link air pollution to increased risk of strokes and dementia’ – by Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret news – 02/15/12

    Now, before anyone accuses me of single-handedly creating the pollution in Utah...

    so they can justify more pollution.

    I would like to point out, I started driving when I was 32 years old. So that makes my contribution to car emission, zero for the first three decades of my life.


    **'EPA inventory shows Utah's sources of greenhouse gas' - By Amy Joi O'Donoghue - 02/05/13 - Published by the Deseret News

    'WASHINGTON — The nation's power plants continue to be the single largest stationary source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to new information released Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.'

    It's time to make Utah, able to support Human life again.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 9:45 p.m.

    I have car pooled for almost 28 years. I estimate I have save somewhere between $25,000 - $30,000 over that time. The carpool friendships are good and the occasional little naps when it is not my turn to drive are restful. I don't know how much pollution we have avoided in those 28 years but it helps me feel like I am doing something to help - I highly recommend carpooling.

  • Lady O American Fork, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    I have lived in this valley for over 40 years, we have 2 large mountains that hold in the inversion..I have heard Geneva Steel Plant blamed, I have heard Kennocot blamed, I have heard cars and to much traffic blamed..The inversion sets in every year.. You bulldose more Orchards, and grassland, to make worthless abandoned buldings.. The only thing that cleans air is plants..So whats more important? That abandoned shopping mall and parking..or cleaning up and reseeding with plants that clean the air!