NEWS: Herbert ignores clean air advocates concerns, signs wood-burning bill

Fox 13 Now
MARCH 28, 2017,
Posted by Elizabeth Suggs


SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Herbert signed HB 65, which prohibits future regulation on wood burning for commercial and non-commercial use if the primary purpose is to cook food.

The nonprofit organization HEAL Utah who advises Herbert on air quality had previously urged him to veto the bill. The board, made up of eight members all appointed by Herbert, was shocked the bill was signed.

A press release by HEAL Utah said restrictions that prevented things like using a BBQ on certain air days was never the intention of the law, but given Utah’s air quality crisis, and the fact Utah has failed federal health standards for about a decade, they had no choice.

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