NEWS: Feds optimistic Utah’s history of failing to meet air quality rules is coming to an end, new EPA boss says

Salt Lake Tribune


Air quality remains far and away the most worrying environmental issue Utah faces, says a newly appointed administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency. But he is voicing optimism those pollution problems can be fixed.

“When you talk about Utah, the issue you need to focus on immediately is air,” said Doug Benevento, who will oversee the EPA’s Region 8 operations in the Beehive State, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas.

Utah, of course, has a long, sordid history with federal air quality standards, which are set and enforced by the EPA. Communities along the Wasatch Front have failed to meet agency rules for small particulate pollution — generally associated with Utah’s wintertime inversions — for a decade.

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