NEWS: Inversions prompt EPA to bump Utah pollution status to ‘serious’

eseret News
Published: Dec. 16, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — Pollution challenged cities along the Wasatch Front, the Cache Valley and the Fairbanks, Alaska, region are moving from a “moderate” to “serious” classification under a proposal released Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The proposed rule to reclassify the nonattainment zones for PM2.5 — or wintertime smog — means Utah regulators will have to develop a new pollution plan by the end of 2017, with a goal of coming into compliance with federal thresholds for the pollutant by 2019.

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