NEWS: EPA plans to classify Utah air quality misses as ‘serious’

Dec 16 2016

Nearly a year after communities on the Wasatch Front failed to attain federal air-quality standards, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed upgrading their nonattainment status to serious.

Utah’s Division of Air Quality now must be more strict about issuing air quality permits and must submit a new plan outlining how it will clean the air in the Logan, Provo and Salt Lake City areas.

Those three Utah regions — as well as Anchorage, Alaska — had failed to come into compliance with federal air quality standards for short-term concentrations of fine particulate pollution, or PM 2.5, by a Dec. 31, 2015 deadline….

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