BY BEN WINSLOW
PUBLISHED MAY 16, 2017
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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