Op-ed: Utah air-quality regulators deny the public a chance to be heard

Joro Walker and Tim Wagner
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 12, 2016

The year 2016 has been another bad one for air quality in northern Utah, with pollution levels again reaching hazardous levels. Some blame “the weather” — the inversion trapping our air pollution. But it’s not the weather that keeps our children off the playgrounds or causes strokes, heart attacks, increased emergency room visits, more hospitalizations and premature death. It’s the air pollution emitted by our businesses, transportation and industry that is creating the problem.

The good news is that there are actions we can take so that even during winter inversions our children and families can breathe cleaner air, our businesses can thrive and our economy can grow. We need these actions sooner rather than later.

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