Study shows rise in ozone-related deaths in Salt Lake City

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  • Bigpics West Haven, UT
    May 24, 2019 11:08 a.m.

    Replying to jsf in Centerville:

    The ozone layer and local ozone pollution are different matters altogether. As I understand it, the ozone in the ozone layer is produced by processes in the far upper atmosphere, and most of the ozone created at or near ground level never becomes part of that.

    So there's nothing beneficial for the planet in local ozone.

    Nor are the industrial uses of ozone in sequestered forms in useful products a reflection on the ozone pollution problem (except to whatever extent their use liberates free ozone into the local atmosphere thereby becoming some (likely minor?) part of the problem.

    But neither legitimate products nor the importance of the ozone layer make our having excess ozone in the along the Wasatch front any kind of virtue or any less of a problem that is damaging to human (and other) life forms, and which may have other deleterious environmental impacts as well, since it's highly reactive substance.

    As a people we need to re-evaluate our priorities around the true costs of maximizing every last dram of economic growth by not taking prudent steps to protect our health by doing what it takes to control this pollution.

  • Gettherightfacts Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2019 9:06 p.m.

    Not surprising. I'm amazed at how many people I see sitting in their parked car on a nice day with it idling for no reason for 15 minutes or longer. I even see people on a daily basis leave empty cars running while they go into the gas station for their morning coffee and soda. It really is easy to not idle unnecessarily and helps with our air pollution problem. My aunt is dying from lung cancer and was never around cigarettes her whole life. Her doctor said it's quite likely due to our poor air quality.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    May 23, 2019 3:52 p.m.

    How do you prove a death by Ozone poisoning?

    Ozone in the upper atmosphere is required to block ultra violet light which is dangerous to people.

    Ozone appears to have many beneficial uses that also saves lives:
    Disinfect laundry in hospitals, food factories, care homes etc.
    Disinfect water in place of chlorine
    Kill bacteria on food or on contact surfaces;
    Water intense industries such as breweries and dairy plants can make effective use of dissolved ozone as a replacement to chemical sanitizers such as peracetic acid, hypochlorite or heat.
    Disinfect cooling towers and control legionella with reduced chemical consumption, water bleed-off and increased performance.
    Sanitize swimming pools and spas
    Kill insects in stored grain
    Scrub yeast and mold spores from the air in food processing plants;
    Wash fresh fruits and vegetables to kill yeast, mold and bacteria;
    Chemically attack contaminants in water;
    Act as an antichlor in chlorine-based bleaching;
    Eradicate water borne parasites such as Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium in surface water treatment plants.

  • michi66 Centerville, UT
    May 23, 2019 9:13 a.m.

    I wish this article included a link to the study, and more robust analysis of its contents:

    - Disappointingly, the initial assertions had to be immediately walked back. The claims may or may not be substantiated by the more rigorous following statements, and there's a big difference between work days missed and deaths.

    - The experts quoted both have potential for bias due to their employment. Why not balance them out with two experts with no skin in the game?

    - "The study largely did not take into account the effect that wildfires have on Utah's air quality, Cromar said." This is a huge omission. If changing our behavior won't change the pollution, we should know that.

    - What a surprise! These experts believe that, if we do what they say, we'll all be better off. This argument would also benefit from a link to the study, so we're not taking their word for it.

    - Yes, we have a pollution problem. Solutions that don't a) unacceptably (to all of us) increase the electorate's ills and b) don't just shift which pollution is created and how, are welcome and vanishingly hard to find. News articles suffering from lack of rigor and balance don't help.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    May 23, 2019 8:12 a.m.

    So Utah is number one in home growth. Think the additional people in the valley might in some way cause more pollution? Don't build it in the valley and they won't come. We have far too many people here now to sustain our present quality of life. Deteriorating conditions surround us daily, if we care to observe them. The old model of 'growth forever' just doesn't work anymore, if you want a reasonable quality of life.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    May 23, 2019 6:39 a.m.

    Anything we can reasonably do to reduce air pollution needs to be done.

    Yet, the City of Salt Lake recently decided to radically modify their free-parking rules so that CNG powered vehicles cannot qualify any more. Instead, only electric vehicles qualify. The EPA found that CNG vehicles are actually cleaner than all-electric vehicles when the electricity used to power them comes from power-plants using coal to create power. Huntington, our primary source for electricity is coal-fired. With the exception of those who re-fuel exclusively with home-generated solar (difficult to do when you are plugged in at night), an all-electric vehicle (which emits no exhaust, and really is a good step forward) has an extra-long tail-pipe.

    Salt Lake's response: "The council doesn't care. Huntington is not in Salt Lake valley."

    The truth behind this unfortunate and utterly myopic view? Parking revenue. It is all about money.

    So, Salt Lake City takes a benefit from those who did the right thing. Wouldn't it make more sense to grandfather owners of vehicles which have (and still do) help reduce air pollution and let them age out naturally?