News: Utah environmental regulators vote down air-emission rules brought by local groups

Emma Penrod
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 2, 2016

Asking the public to review a set of air-emissions proposals drafted by local environmental groups would be a waste of time, according to the Department of Environmental Quality, but state regulators may use the suggested concepts in the near future.

The state Air Quality Board voted Wednesday at the recommendation of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to deny a petition for a formal public evaluation of three proposals brought by local advocates. Department employees argued that the ideas are likely to be considered later this year as the state begins work on a new plan to decrease small-particulate pollution, and reviewing the potentially redundant rules during the planning process would be a waste of limited resources and could cause delays.

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