By Emma Penrod
Published January 16, 2017
Salt Lake Tribune
Utah faces a host of environmental challenges in 2017, but state officials say they are making one their top priority: air quality.
The state may need new initiatives for reducing levels of small-particulate pollution, the culprit associated with Utah’s wintertime inversion troubles. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to reclassify three Wasatch Front counties — Salt Lake, Utah and Cache — as “serious” nonattainment areas, requiring stepped-up measures for cutting particulate emissions.
If the EPA proposal, which is up for public comment through Jan. 17, is approved, Utah will have to submit to federal authorities a new plan for limiting pollution before the end of the year.
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