NEWS: Utah’s governor touts air quality improvements, but admits more needs to be done


Utah Governor Gary Herbert touted improvements to the state’s air quality, but acknowledged that more needed to be done.

During a ceremonial bill signing on Tuesday at Ensign Elementary School, the governor highlighted steps the state has taken to reduce pollution. He signed a resolution encouraging people to purchase vehicles with better smog ratings, one that gets Utah a piece of the massive Volkswagen pollution settlement, one dealing with the Air Quality Board, and another that encourages schools to purchase natural gas-powered buses.

Gov. Herbert also announced that an additional $7.5 million of the Volkswagen settlement had been earmarked for the natural gas school buses. The buses, something pushed for years by Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, had been previously unfunded by the legislature.

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