Bill to allow state officials to set air pollution standards stalls in committee

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  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 9, 2014 8:26 p.m.

    There is no way a Tea-Party-infested state government like the one in Utah is ever going to agree to MORE regulation than required by the Federal Government.

    The Tea Party doesn't do good governance.

    They're all about demonstrating how bad government can be.

    That's what happens when you elect government-hating politicians into public office.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    I thank God we have the feds regulating our air and water quality in the state of Utah. If not, we'd be in much worse shape. Our leadership would not be meeting even the minimal fed standards if they could avoid them.

  • Yeah but South Jordan, UT
    March 7, 2014 8:03 a.m.

    But, you missed the real meat of the story. Senator Dabakis, the lone Democrat on the committee, who said this bill would define this session of the legislature, was one of three who killed the bill (with Hinkins and the chair, Jensen). Therefore, it appears this vote also helps define Dabakis and, to a great degree, the Democratic Party in Utah. Lots of talk; no guts; no glory.

  • dustmagnet heber city, UT
    March 7, 2014 5:44 a.m.

    Aside from this bill - why is DEQ not tightening up their permits so that violations of the Clean Air Act also violate permits? Violations I have witnessed are not fined or prosecuted, I have been told, because the language in the permits, written and granted by DEQ, are so "loose" as to allow violations of the Clean Air Act. Why is this? Why is this allowed to continue?