NEWS: Utah’s air pollution woes unlikely to clear up before 2024, state scientists say

Emma Penrod
Salt Lake Tribune
January 5, 2018

Even with tougher pollution standards in place, it could be many years before all Utahns are guaranteed clean, healthy air.

Scientists working for the state Division of Air Quality say they haven’t yet been able to develop an effective pollution-control plan that would keep the tiny airborne particles linked with the Salt Lake Valley’s inversions below limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Barring an unforeseen breakthrough, one scientist said, it is likely Utah will miss a critical 2019 federal deadline for meeting those air-quality standards. And if that happens, it would face legal penalties that could have an economic impact on the Beehive State.

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