NEWS: Utah’s air could get dirtier under a Trump administration

Published 12/09 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA is raising some concerns among environmental advocates in Utah. The move elevates Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a fierce critic of the EPA, to the position of EPA Administrator.

As Attorney General of Oklahoma, the biggest oil and natural gas producing state in the nation, Pruitt launched several legal battles against the Obama administration’s key climate change laws, including a piece of the clean air act that Utah knows well – the EPA’s regional haze rule.

HEAL Utah Executive Director Matt Pacenza explained, “The EPA has ordered Hunter and Huntington to install some state of the art pollution control technologies. Those are going to do a tremendous amount of good for Utah.”

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