NEWS: Governor signs outdoor cooking bill into law

By: Amy Joi O’Donoghue
Posted Mar 29th, 2017


SALT LAKE CITY — Much to the dismay of clean-air advocates and contrary to the desire of the State Air Quality Board, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law allowing outdoor cooking, commercial or otherwise, on bad air days.

HB65 by Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, put into law existing regulations, but was seen as an impediment for regulators to take future action to curtail emissions from that particular source.

“It’s baffling that Gov. Herbert ignored the advice of the diverse panel of air quality experts he appointed,” said Ashley Soltysiak, HEAL Utah’s policy director. Herbert signed the bill late Friday.

The nonprofit activist organization accused the governor of succumbing to pressure from outdoor grill manufacturers instead of leaving open the option of new regulations to help clean up Utah’s air.

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