Inversion brings bad air, health problems; doctors offer tips to help

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    Increasingly, we're having a difficult time encouraging economic development and attracting new industry to Utah due to our poor air quality.

    I've read about how the governor's office of economic development has sponsored tours for executives and business leaders to come to Utah, only for those individuals to see our bad air and essentially eliminate Utah from further consideration -- despite the allure of skiing, outdoor activities, low taxes, loose environmental laws, etc. The implicit assumption is that better air quality will drive industry away -- but it is probably the other way around. Better, stricter air quality measure will probably attract investment into Utah.

    Environmental issues don't resonate well in Utah among our conservative political leaders -- but business speaks loudly. Perhaps the discourse on our air quality needs to focus more on how much economic development Utah is losing due to our bad air. It will probably encourage more action than talk of miscarriages and health costs noted above.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    Well, until we can heat our homes cheaper than gas. it's what you'll get is smoke with a lot of chemicals.
    Didn't any one mom tell them to breath through their nose.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Air pollution is nothing more than communist, socialist, liberal nonsense.

    I saw it on Drudge.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 5:44 a.m.

    Utah has a higher incidence of miscarriages during inversions, so pregnant women should also take care. This issue really bothers me though. A lot of conservatives are staunchly anti-abortion, but for some reason have no problem in doing very little about cleaning up the air therefore allowing the toxins and chemicals in the air to induce miscarriages in some women. It is really a form of legalized abortion in Utah, except in these cases, the mother wanted to keep her child.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 2:48 a.m.

    Don't see how we can call panic a pollution problem. This article is nothing but panic news and no facts of any pollution worth mentioning yet.

    One thing not mentioned in the media or by doctors is that very low humidity below 30% in a home will aggregate breathing conditions, coughs, colds, flu, for all ages. At this moment my home humidly is at 24% (99% near GSL) and very dry air is causing throat and sinus irritation which most people would relate to pollution and particulate matter, not even close. Boiling water to get some humidity in homes does reduce breathing issues.

    When the pollution does get to extreme levels outside the I-15 corridor is time to consider drastic solutions by limiting commercial use vehicles use during inversion. They are the real polluters and these vehicles should be shut down to emergency use only, and in office lunches only during natural inversion weather.

    Its going to take drastic controls and sacrifices and put restriction of industrial vehicles during all hours. Air pollution in Utah is now coming from natural elements and state is not willing to cooperate and help its citizens.

  • phatness SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:57 p.m.

    Yes the pollution problem is huge, and yes, drastic change is needed. But pinning it as a religious problem is not only inaccurate, but it doesn't win any friends over to the cause of cleaning up our air.

    I'm glad to see this in the news more. Being aware of the problem is still a step that needs to be taken for many. Would love to see more pieces on pollution, and suggestions for how we all can do our part to make the air safe for our children to breathe.

  • mountainlocal Brooklyn, NY
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:24 p.m.


    The geography and weather is the cause, but humans are 100 percent responsible for the particulates contained within. Yes, inversions have always been around and are common in mountainous regions. What hasn't always been around is cars, factories, coal burning stoves, etc.

    If we are all aware of how we collectively contribute to the problem and look for small personal solutions like living closer to place of employment, using mass transit, better urban planning that isn't so reliant on cars and long trips to the grocery store, buying vehicles with better fuel economy, etc it will help the problem. Part of the problem is people thinking that just because inversions are natural, that they are somehow absolved from helping create a solution for a better air quality.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:03 p.m.


    We live in a mountain valley. You can do a few things to help curb the problem, but it's always been a problem and will always be a problem. Cache Valley has a very similar inversion. It's the geography of where we live.

  • Don$1000 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    Utahns preach good health and community habits, but ground-zero for Mormon culture is poisoned with polluted air and state government doing nothing about it. What a terrible place to live with yellow smog, smokestacks churning out poison which clouds the views of the so called "Houses of the Lord" temples built around this valley. Their solution, don't exercise outdoors. What a joke this place is becoming.