NEWS: Utah lawmakers push for plan to improve poor air quality

Wyoming Tribute Eagle
By Hallie Golden, Associated Press
Feb 2, 2017


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bipartisan group of Utah lawmakers announced plans Thursday for a series of environmental proposals to fix the state’s poor air quality, which was so bad in the Salt Lake City area this week that some students were prevented from going outside for their school recesses.

The group of more than a dozen lawmakers told reporters that the state’s severe air pollution is hurting Utah residents and could damage the state’s economy amid warnings that businesses and people may try to avoid the state. The proposals include removing emission testing exemptions and boosting the use of solar thermal technology.

Rep. Patrice Arent, a Democrat, said the state has passed more clean air legislation during the last three sessions than ever, but that there is a lot more work to do.

The push is the latest in a multi-year effort to remedy the state’s bad air problem, which has put a strain on residents’ daily life and the state’s reputation as an outdoors mecca destination.

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