Report: Bad air is not Utah's only environmental concern

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  • pmaier Stansbury, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 10:48 a.m.

    I'll be the first one to stop dumping our waste into our air and waters, but let's do it based on common sense and the knowledge we have, by informing the public properly. There are two types of smog. London smog is caused by carbon, sulfur and particulates, while Los Angeles smog is caused by hydrocarbons, nitrogen and sunshine. Then there is natural fog (clouds) formed when water vapor condensates on a nuclei or small particle to become a water droplet. When bumping into each other they become bigger, they become so big that they fall down as rain. Without small particles no rain. So when we discuss small particles, the question is how are they measured and which one are harmful?
    Regarding nutrient water pollution. The State, since 1982 has been aware that the nitrogenous waste (urine and protein) now called a nutrient, was not required to be treated under the CWA, due to a faulty applied test EPA used to set sewage treatment standards. Although aware, the State, hiding behind the federal EPA, did nothing and still knowingly is using our open waters as urinals. This should be unacceptable.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Jan. 27, 2014 10:41 a.m.

    While reducing the population would reduce the number of cars and thereby the pollution, it probably wouldn't solve the problem. Just as closing Geneva didn't put much of a dent in the Utah Valley inversions. I believe even the Indians called Salt Lake Valley-smokey valley.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 27, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    Environmentalists are a concern. These people are destructive to society.

    Jan. 27, 2014 9:00 a.m.

    Hey Richie your a long way from Northern Utah if you live in Saint George. And it sounds like you need to leave before asking any one else too. P.s Oh, and seeing's how you don't live up North, just how do you know if it's any better or worse or maybe the same? And how do you know there from Cal. and not from some where else? Or is it you just don't like Cal.?

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 6:39 p.m.

    The bad air that everyone is talking about has been in Northern Utah ever since we moved there in 1961. We stayed for 27 years and it didn't get any better or worse. Send all the people that are complaining back to California and please make the subject a non media item.