Drowning in Utah's dirty air: Utah families, top elected officials search for solutions

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  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 29, 2014 5:31 p.m.

    I've also read that the poor town of Lindon has even worst Air quality than say Provo. Cursed by geography even more so than Provo. But, my Utah friends, looking on the brighter side, Parts of California's San Joaquin Valley, think Fresno, Tulare and, Kern counties have their own terrible winter air inversions too. It would be nice if the respective regional air quality boards had better air quality maps showing how bad the air really is. Earlier this week I read parts of the The SJ Valley rated a "Purple" on the Local Air quality Map and this bad-air condition has been going on since last Fall. Sheesh !!

  • Marsha N. SANDY, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 8:46 p.m.

    We are seniors who choose to live in Baja California in order to have clean air and warm temps forfive critical winter months. It's a great choice. But I am sorry to note the change in Utah's wonderful mountain air. When we moved here in 1983 from Calif. we thought we were in heaven. So sad that it is now just a little sister to CA in terms of pollution and in violence. I haven't heard the evening news in 3 months and I am grateful.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    As long as the GOP control Utah politics nothing will ever be done on this issue. Inversions are a natural occurence, pollution is not. IF you want something done on the subject you need to get rid of our current politicans.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 4:50 p.m.

    Lots of emotional arguments here that a unsupported by data, or by cost-benefit analysis. Cleaning up the air "at all costs" is as ridiculous and sticking our head in the sand. Utah needs to look for economically viable solutions to a phenomenon of nature that will make cleaning up the air difficult at best. Wiping out thousands of jobs, or effectively taxing citizens into financial ruin are not reasonable options.

  • chinamom Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 4:39 p.m.

    I have a couple of thoughts to share regarding the comment "Beijing just lives with it"....well...we don't. Here is what we do:

    1) Car lottery. If you want to buy a car, you must sign up for a CHANCE to win a plate. They draw x number of names each month. You have to wait until your name is drawn. No guarantees on how many months or YEARS you wait.

    2) Driving restrictions: EVERY car has a "no drive day" each week. It is assigned by last number on your plate. The day is rotated every 3 months. Weekends & holidays have no restrictions.

    3) AQI 300+ projected for more than three days: all schools, govt offices will be closed. This is to decrease the traffic on the roads, hopefully leading to cleaner air on day 4. (Shanghai has already "shut down" once this winter)

    4) No out of area drivers. All plates are city issued. IE: someone from Provo/Ut county could not drive in SLC. You would have to use Mass Transit once you arrived at the city limits.

    Someone asked for "out of the box solutions"....how about these???

  • Mighty Mouse Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 27, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    Pledging to take bold and effective measures to clean up the air along the Wastach Front needs to become a litmus test to elect any Governor or State Legislator. There are solutions to clear the poison air that is hurting our families. It is not so much the method as the political will that is lacking. How can anyone seriously wonder if the air is that bad? All you need to do is get a higher view of the valley air you are breathing. I don't need a team of NASA Scientists to tell me that breathing air so thick with pollution that it blocks the sun is harmful to my family.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    Add a dollar a gallon tax on gas in SLC, Utah and Cache counties. That will slow the pollution down.

  • SGU Resident St. George, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    Live in SG but often travel to SLC. We are amazed there's never a connection made between smog in N. Utah and the huge amount of gunk pumped out by IPP (coal fired power plant) in Delta 24/7. Made the drive yesterday and (as always) the air this time of year is smoggy to Fillmore. As you pass Holden/Delta, you can see the smog rolling out of IPP and pushing all the way across the valley. Once north of Beaver, the skies are clear and beautiful again.
    It shouldn't be that smoggy so far south -- most of this area is open/rural farmland and the population not dense enough to account for it. The most logical explanation (and clearly visible) is that it's coming from IPP. The prevailing weather patterns naturally push it right up into the Wasatch front where it's trapped by the mountain ranges around it. Sad thing is, Utah doesn't keep any of the power produced there -- it all goes to California, but we all get to enjoy the bad air produced by it!
    Sure it would be great to try to reduce traffic, but we believe the bigger culprit is IPP!

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 7:24 a.m.

    Jim 1 - While this is true ... In our school district the busses and their routes were reduced significantly due to "cost", so more children have to walk, ride or be driven than just 15 or so years ago. Kids who live just a little too close for busses or too far to walk, usually carpool. Those who choose to drive their kids do so because kids just are not as safe as they used to be, walking to school like we did when child predators weren't as big a threat. It's a safety issue for most parents. The state should offer school districts assistance with bus funding and get those cars out of the carpool loop!

    BTW - All the school expansion construction in our district includes building bigger drop off loops than those schools were designed to accommodate 50 years ago, so they take away busses due to cost and still spend money on building carpool loops. Silly.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 1:13 a.m.

    @FelisConcolor "First off, we are discussing ambient air pollution levels because that is what all this hysteria is about: " Many of people I know in the environmental activist community are very concerned with local air pollution, like with Stericycle. As to the monitoring station situation, that system is not sufficiently granular. For example the North Salt Lake monitoring station is not in North Salt Lake at all - it's at 18th north in Salt Lake.

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:11 p.m.


    A couple of quick points:

    Frontrunner is "commuter rail" while TRAX is "light rail." Light rail is designed for more frequent stops at shorter distances between stations, while commuter rail is designed for longer distances. It makes more sense for commuter rail to use state of the art, clean, high efficiency diesel engines rather than by electricity. You need to also factor in, if Frontrunner were light rail, the amount of catenary needed to cover this distance would be staggering.

    There may be plans for more stations in the future, but it's not really UTA's problem about the poor families.

    Lastly, as you noted, TRAX Trains run by electricity. You do know where electricity comes from...right? Electricity comes from electric power plants. You do know what powers electric power plants...right? It's called coal. I thought environmentalists hated coal with a passion?

    Hey, I have an idea! What about solar powered trains! Maybe Solyndra could help? Oh that's right, they went bankrupt. Maybe wind powered trains? Aren't you folks on the left always telling us about the wonders of wind and solar power?

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    as long as the population increases. so will the pollution. funny nobody can see the correlation.

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    Three factors that cause our inversions:

    1- Utah Valley is a bowl (I know, obvious...right?)

    2- During the winter months (especially after a snow storm), lower level air is colder than upper level air which causes particulates to stay trapped in the valley.

    3- Not enough wind to move this still air out of the valley

    Inversions have always been in the Utah Valley...always. What we don't need are the benevolent state and federal bureaucracies stepping in and issuing countless new regulations to try and remedy something that will always be here! This has the makings to be a nightmare for both businesses and citizens when yet another politician steps in to "help."

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:33 p.m.

    IMO there is no quick solution, period. I don't think there is a solution within our life-style parameters. We won't give up our cars, mass transit for every day use is excessively time consuming and impractical for the majority of people. Pie in the sky concepts of urban "villages" housing both people and their jobs sounds nice but does not take into account our highly mobile society and diverse workforce locations. And they would take decades to design and build and hopefully succeed, if they eventually do so.

    If this climate is making you ill, consider relocating. Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different outcome is a definition of insanity. Putting yourself or loved ones in harms way for economic (job) or social reasons indicates how much you value the health, dare I say the life, of your loved one.

    I don't really understand people who recognize or speak of the danger and negative health ramifications of this, sometimes, polluted bowl of trapped air, and yet continue to live here and expose themselves to short or long-term negative health effects. In short, this may not be the place, for you.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:07 p.m.

    A number of years ago, we bought our first natural gas Civic. Now we own four of them (two have been passed down to college age kids). It doesn't change everything (but every little bit helps). The EPA calls the natural-gas Civic the cleanest car produced in America (including electric cars) since they started producing it in in 1998.

    57% of the Wasatch Front air pollution comes from cars and trucks I am told that the exhaust from our NGV Civics are cleaner than the air that comes into the air cleaner on a bad air day.

    Switch to natural gas. Stop burning wood. Don't let your car idle. Install renewable energy as you are able. We can make a difference. Install exhaust analysis meters at busy intersections and freeway on-ramps. Give incentives to get repair or rid of gross polluters like old diesel pick-ups. Press for change at all levels. If everyone does a little it gets better.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 8:58 p.m.

    @carman "UTA needs to come up with better solutions." Yes, indeed. Frontrunner needs to quit acting like a limited stop premium service. It needs to make twice as many stops with more power in the consists to recover from those stops. Frontunner now rolls by many neighborhoods, many of them poor, without giving them any help whatsoever. I argued before the Frontrunner build out, that it would be better for Frontrunner to be all electric for performance purposes, with a slower build out to control the costs. But they managed to make TRAX all electric, didn't they? Why not Frontrunner?

  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 8:48 p.m.


    First off, we are discussing ambient air pollution levels because that is what all this hysteria is about: The current "red" alerts are based on ambient PM 2.5 levels, so when people show up to protest high pollution levels that is what they are protesting.

    Second, the DEQ has strategically located its monitoring stations in areas which would be expected to be the most polluted: West Bountiful, North Salt Lake, Rose Park, Magna. They even have a monitoring station located next to a busy urban highway (700 East). It's safe to assume that ambient levels of pollutants would be lower in the non-industrialized areas of the valley.

    Finally, the reason Utah near the top in prostate cancer incidence is because Utah men live so much longer than their counterparts in other states: Prostate cancer is a condition of old age; the more old men, the more prostate cancer cases.

    The CDC autism study which showed Utah had the highest rate was based on data from a single county, and was compared to data from only 13 other states. Hardly a representative sample from which to draw conclusions.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 7:39 p.m.

    UTA is not a viable option for most commuters. The buses are slow and infrequent, FrontRunner is slow, polluting diesel instead of much cleaner, faster electric. Trax services a very limited set of destinations, and is slow.

    UTA needs to come up with better solutions. The Express buses were fast, efficient, and could be targeted at a specific demand level which was relatively constant. Politics, bureaucracy, and a push to get money for FrontRunner drove cancellations of the Express Buses. My commute time nearly doubled when the Express buses were killed, I had to make multiple transfers including being stuck in inclement weather on a number of occasions, so I gave up and got back in my car. Before we had 75-100 people in a single vehicle. Now some of those people drive 5-10 miles to stations that were previously a mile or so from their homes. The rest are in their cars or much smaller car pools, putting more congestion on the roads and more pollution in the air.

    Well UTA got what they deserved. Most of us who rode the Express buses have given up on mass transit and are back into our cars, trucks and vans.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 7:33 p.m.

    Converting all surface vehicles to natural gas would do the trick. Railroad engines are not converting to natural gas. Hard to believe. Semis are converting. All new city, county, and state vehicles should be natural gas. Then a sufficiently large pool of natural gas vehicles would allow more filling stations. All western states need to cooperate on this.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 4:35 p.m.

    Inversions have been in our valleys before the Mormon pioneers. Now just put more and more gunk in the air that gets trapped by what is a natural phenomenon. It is about uncontrolled population growth, no foresight to build mass transit structures (what we got is just a nice start but not by far enough). I guess we are reaping what we sow...

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    Jan. 26, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    Might this be the Clean the Air plan in five years?
    Check in with Wasatch front physicians, surgeons and hospitals(Work around confidenciality law)?
    Determine how many people have been diagnosed with lung cancer and serious lung disease(again)?
    Have all school children, pre-school - high school, evaluated for lung problems(increased tax for such an undertaking)?
    If statistics are "not too abnormal"(what will be considered abnormal)?
    Can the State of Utah keep making excuses( lots of other important issues for Legislature to legislate)?
    Will the message continue to be "Just curb your cars, no wood burning! Bring in more new homes and controversial money making businesses"
    No worries.

    Jan. 26, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    I would suggest raising the age limit of smoking from 18-21 or just ban it all in itself. And mandating a 4 day work week for state, city, and county employees. Not necessarily working four 10's but allowing an employee to work 32 hours verses the 40. The incentive for the employee would be working 32 hours if they carpool or take public transportation.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    We have all seem them. Old clunker cars burning oil. You can barely see the car for the cloud of smoke. When I visited Japan I noticed that there were no old clunker cars on the road. Give the police the authority to stop these cars and require an emission test. If they can't pass a test within three days then impound the car if it caught on the road again. Not a total solution, it could help. Any organization that operates a fleet of vehicles should consider converting to Natural gas or propane. Provide tax incentives to car dealers or individuals that sell a car for scrap. New cars are safer and cleaner. No excuse for people to drive a clunker car. Carpool more.

  • Bruce A. Frank San Jose, CA
    Jan. 26, 2014 2:09 p.m.

    Xert, Santa Monica, and you think the LA Basin has clear air more frequently than UT? California Dreaming again? LA Basin and SF Bay area have more and higher averages than UT! Must be those rose colored glasses! Utah's area of pollution is a VERY small portion of the state. Certainly it is a problem, but can't hold a candle to CA's domination.

  • Bruce A. Frank San Jose, CA
    Jan. 26, 2014 1:17 p.m.

    Realize that those agencies that call all air pollution carcinogenic are the same who label CO2 a pollutant. But, because of the arrangement of the "basin" like configuration between the Wasatch and the Oguirrh mountains, no matter how low the emissions in the SL Valley, during extended inversions, pollutants are going to be a problem. In a State where is was deemed reasonable to build a plant to pump-down the Great Salt Lake (rather than, at the time, opening more flow through the railroad causeway) I am surprised that the suggestion has not been presented to build giant vortex fan stacks around the valley blowing upwards to break through the inversion cap and "vent" the valley (I am sure the taxpayers would agree ;-D). Remember south winds before a storm brings equivalent dust particulate from the southern deserts. If civilization is going to exist in the valley, this problem cannot be solved. I'd advise those sensitive to it to move higher up the canyons

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    Re: FelisConcolor I hardly know where to begin with you. First, you only talk about general overall air pollution levels. The fact is, air pollution is often very local, e.g. disadvantaged neighborhoods next to manufacturing or people living along freeways. We know from theory that such individuals suffer from locale. But DEQ has not done any risk assessments for local areas. Second, we really don't know what is in our air, especially at the local level. DEQ measures a narrow range of pollutants. If you don't look for it, you don't find it. Third, Utah's lower overall cancer rate is due to the LDS lifestyle. You don't consider other maladies where Utah is a leader - like prostate cancer and autism. What do you make of that?

    I readily agree that living in a modern commercial society involves trade-offs. We have to put up with some environmental degradation, but in Utah we don't really know what we are dealing with - the head in the sand approach.

    I also note that you live in NSL. Every time pollution control devices of local industries vent, we get it! Stericycle? Refineries? Feel comfortable?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    Is this the place? Conservatives love this air, it proves that Rush is right!

  • Greenshadow PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    I agree there needs to be improved mass transit. The buses and trains all pollut, but when divided by the number of passengers it is less per person than if one were driving their own car. I know UTA is gradually switching to hybrid buses.
    The main problem with UTA is scheduling. Living in Utah county I have worked at different places in SLC and found that UTA typically takes at least twice as long as driving, even at peak traffic hours. At off peak, even longer because of UTA's reduced schedule.
    Red Smith nailed it about UTA increasing car trips, especially when they extended Frontrunner south. I used to take the express bus to downtown SLC in one hour, no transfers, no car trips, but now we have to drive to the station, which for me is 5 miles away. UTA made it worse last fall when they inexplicably cancelled ALL bus service to the American Fork station. I take Frontrunner to my job in mid Salt Lake Valley, but I carpool on both ends to and from the stations. This saves me almost an hour but still makes me car dependent.

  • SteveSGU St. George, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    That's not Utah's dirty air you're talking about; it belongs to the overpopulated Wasatch Front. You need to stop equating Utah with the Wasatch Front, which is a very small part of the state. Most of the air in Utah is crystal clear, a beautiful attraction for visitors.

  • Big Bubba Herriman, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:35 a.m.

    People are shouting for lawmakers to do something. Well folks there are no easy solutions to this problem. Let's not throw money at the problem just to make ourselves feel better. We need to come up with viable solutions before attempting unproven and costly "fixes".

  • CPA Howard Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    My suggestion to those whose suffer because of the bad air quality, move. I'm sure there areas you could move to with better air. However the downside is your standard of living my suffer, you won't have many of the benefits you enjoy living in the urban areas.

    In 1930 my dad suffered from asthma and the doctor told my grandparents they would need move from Arkansas to dryer area, so rather lament the problem they packed up there belongings and moved to California.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    I wonder if the problem will begin to get cleared up when it starts becoming obvious that football and basketball recruits are shunning the U and BYU because of our filthy air? The responses of "there's no way we're the absolute worst!" And "Why, there must be four other places in the world with worse air, aren't there?" Leave me to doubt that any moves of substance are forthcoming. Even with posters on these issues, I sense more of the age old Utah comeback "if ya don't like it here so much why doncha just leave?" Than any righteous and determined effort to actually do something about it. As for me, I left the pea soup of my beloved home town for the beaches of Southern California years ago. And the air is beautiful here in LA. To be fair, there are smoggy days in parts of LA, (clear days too) but a bad inversion day in SLC makes Los Angeles look pristine by comparison.

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    And these same families probably drive their kids to school, and to practice, and to everything else. We used to walk or ride our bikes. Our parents did not cart us around. Look at a school parking lot during drop off time, major congestion.

  • ingslc salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    Great article. This family isn't the only one suffering. It hurts even the healthiest of children, even if you can't see it. There are sooo many mothers in Utah, and we are charged with the most important job in the valley - protecting and raising our most valuable resource. Are there not already enough things for a mom to worry about other than every single breath her children take?? Maybe the lawmakers won't help yet because we're just a bunch of women and children, but real men are supposed to be there to protect women and children. Time for our state to man up to the job!

  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    The assertion that there is no "safe" level of exposure to air pollution is ridiculous and patently false; such a statement ignores not only the basic principles of toxicology but reality itself: Utahns, despite supposedly enduring the "worst" air pollution in the nation, live longer, healthier lives than residents of almost every other state in the US.

    Utah's life expectancy is consistently among the top 5 in the nation. The state's lung cancer incidence rate is the lowest in the nation by a huge margin, and the overall cancer incidence rate is one of the lowest as well. The incidence rate for heart attacks and strokes are well below the national average, as is the incidence rate for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Even the incidence rate of childhood asthma is significantly lower than the national average.

    (All the above data are available at the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control, but since the Deseret News does not allow links I cannot post them).

    While there are some persons who are more sensitive to pollution, the truth is for the overwhelming majority of Utahns air pollution is little more than a seasonal irritant.

  • pat1 Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    The bad air is terrible. Some of the problem comes from living in a valley surrounded by mountains. I understand that the native americans of another era here mentioned the smoky valley. Certainly traffic and growth have contributed. What can be done? We can't just take mass transit because the system is set up to get us downtown and back. Going somewhere across the valley isn't viable because one has to travel downtown first. It just takes too much time! Besides, what about the pollution that buses cause? Most of us don't have the extra time needed to accommodate these logistical problems to take mass transit. Working moms want a car available in case they need to go somewhere to solve a child problem. If you must work overtime, the mass transit schedule isn't always available when it is needed. In Mexico City you can't drive on certain days. People in Bejing just live with it. Could someone who thinks outside the box come up with a workable, innovative solution?

  • desert Potsdam, 00
    Jan. 26, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    This a rather emotional update then any scientific information to cover reasons and distribution. It needs to be better so some of the experts can start a discussion.

    There is need for much more information.
    I am very concerned for future plans, but for now this is just not good enough.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    No More Houses/Businesses/Industry on Wasatch Front.

    The Wasatch Front air is sick, because of congestion, cars going 75 mph on road to limitless destinations to get a burger, $Billion dollar road projects in the wrong locations with sick airshed, and basically very poor planning.

    Having the dirtiest air in the nation in the highest birthing area of the nation is just plain stupid. The cause is sick air is the Wasatch Front Valley Bowl. Our beautiful Wasatch Mountains created a bowl limiting the amount of people that can live in its Valley.

    The carrying capacity of the Wasatch Front Valley airshed has exceeded its natural carrying capacity for people making grandpa, grandma, mom, dad,children, cats/dogs sick.

    What is the point of a deluxe education system, modern buildings, and ipad education if the mothers of students pull their children from school to literally save their lives because of dirty air caused by over development along the Wasatch Front Valley?

    We can see the dirty air we breath. It's time to reduce mph for on the highways, stop UDOT projects which increase car counts, stop building permits. Nature created an area which will not tolerate an unlimited population.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 26, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    We are drowning in environmentalist rubbish.

  • buck murdoch minneapolis, MN
    Jan. 26, 2014 7:14 a.m.

    This article says it all--except for one big omission: wood smoke's major role in air pollution. Utah won't be able to get a handle on air pollution without banning wood burning--it's that simple. Trying to "educate" the public before acting to restrict burning will do nothing, just as education did little to help people quit smoking until bans were in place. Residential recreational burning must be addressed even more than industrial sources. Because it is in our neighborhoods, where we live and breath, that the need to clean our air is the most urgent. Banning wood burning would be the least expensive and most cost effective way to clear our air. And it needs to happen soon.

  • chinamom Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 5:19 a.m.

    I live in Beijing, China...and have for 18 years. I spend 3 weeks in UT during the Christmas holiday period...and 6 weeks in the summer. Even on the very worst days winter pollution days...there is no comparison of the two cities, in my personal experience. I am empathetic to the plight of the family in this story, and others who suffer the affects of dirty air....the solution many Beijinger's use is air purifiers in their homes and apartments. Commercial buildings and many schools also have them in their central air systems. While this doesn't help the air outside...it does help. But please, quit the comparison with Beijing, where you can taste the pollution and your eyes and noses sting when you go outside most days, and on the worst days, you drive with your headlights on and can look straight at the sun without damaging your eyes. I have NEVER experienced that in UT.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 2:07 a.m.

    "muddying Utah's reputation as a pristine, clean place to raise a family, grow a business."

    Utah's reputation as a pristine, clean place! Good heavens! What world has this person been living in? Utah has a reputation for many things. Pristine and clean is not one of them. You want me to list the superfund sites throughout the Salt Lake Valley? Or just take a drive north on I-15 past the refineries. Or take a look south west from just about anywhere in the valley, see that huge strip mining operation? Pristine indeed. Or look at the radiation storage facility, or how about the medical waste incinerator in the middle of a subdivision in North Salt Lake, or look at the Utah politicians that want to wrest control of federal lands away from the Feds so Utah doesn't have to abide by their environmental regulations, or look at all the Utah politicians that would eliminate the EPA.

    No, in Utah the environment has always taken a backseat (way, way, far in the back) to businessmen wanting to make a quick buck here. Reputation for being pristine and clean. Please.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 11:29 p.m.

    I don't like the dirty air either but most families and children survive it okay. For these families with children who have poor immune systems I wonder if they worry as much about what their children are eating as they do about what they are breathing. Are these kids eating lots of sugar, white flour products, and junk with corn syrup and food coloring?

    Let's clean up the air but let's look at the whole health picture and not blame solely the air.

  • jp3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    I for one am actively looking to move out of state--only because of this air. When weeks and weeks pass when I can't even go for a walk in my neighborhood because it's harmful to my health, my quality of life really suffers. Enough of this nonsense.