NEWS: Clean air advocates detail 19-point plan to attack Utah’s pollution problem

Published by Amy Joi O’Donoghue
Posted Jan 17th, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Advocates are recommending a 19-point proposal to Utah leaders if they want to get serious about conquering the state’s nagging pollution problem, including an outright ban on all two-stroke gas-powered lawn equipment, statewide emissions testing for vehicles and tighter industry controls.

The groups that include HEAL Utah, Physicians for a Healthy Environment, Utah Moms for Clean Air and Western Resource Advocates held a press conference Tuesday to detail their blueprint for action, which also calls for shuttering plans to divert water from the Bear River to meet future water supply demands.

Such a diversion, they argue, would add to the Great Salt Lake’s already staggering challenges of historically low lake levels and exposed lake beds, which fill the air with wind-whipped dust during storms.

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