NEWS: Utah regulators say lax Trump EPA rules actually helping air quality

Leia Larsen
Standard-Examiner
April 9th, 2018

OGDEN — Despite alarms being sounded nationally by environmental advocates, Utah regulators say the Trump administration’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t done much to derail efforts in improving the state’s air quality.

This week, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality fielded numerous questions from concerned citizens and reporters after the EPA announced plans to rollback Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. Last year, air quality advocates decried the EPA’s efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan. Utah’s air quality regulators say neither of the two moves will have a major impact on the state’s efforts to cut emissions from cars or coal-burning power plants.

In fact, one regulator said the new EPA under Administrator Scott Pruitt is making it easier for Utah to clear its air.

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