News: Utah’s dueling air quality bills have house divided

Emma Penrod
The Salt Lake Tribune
February 16 2016

On the heels of the worst air pollution event Utah has seen in years, activists descended on the Capitol on Tuesday to take sides on a trio of bills dealing with emissions from buildings.

Only one of those proposals was heard Tuesday — HB316, which would require high-efficiency lighting in new buildings, as well as reinstate the Utah Air Quality Board’s rule limiting in-state sales of water heaters to models that qualify as low-nitrogen oxide emitters.

That rule was placed last fall on a sunset list that would cause it to expire before taking effect unless legislative action removes it from the list.

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