NEWS: Utahns to Rocky Mountain Power: Protect Clean Air in National Parks

Kimberly Nelson
August 23, 2016
Good 4 Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – The fight to clean up the air at Utah’s national parks is heating up. Tuesday more than 40,000 signatures were dropped off at Rocky Mountain Power’s Salt Lake offices. The petitioners are asking the utility not to fight the EPA’s recent ruling which forces Rocky Mountain Power to install the latest pollution control technologies on two of its coal-fired power plants.

The Sierra Club, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, HEAL Utah and 43,000 park lovers from across the country want Rocky Mountain Power to do its part. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this corporate giant would forge an example for other corporations; that they’d show concern for the health of some of the countries greatest assets and pay whatever is needed to reduce emissions,” said retired National Park Service Deputy Regional Director Phil Brueck.

In June, the EPA went above and beyond the state’s regional haze plan and required Rocky Mountain Power to install selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology at its Hunter and Huntington coal-fired power plants. The move would cut down the plants nitrogen oxide emissions by nearly 10,000 tons a year.

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