air pollution

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah legislator is bringing back a failed measure at clearing soot from Utah skies.

North Salt Lake Republican Becky Edwards proposes that Utah allow its own regulators to set rules stricter than their federal counterparts.

She says Utah's mountains, weather, and other factors combine in winter to create an air pollution problem unique to the state.

Edwards told a legislative panel Wednesday the state should be free to seek its own solutions to the singular problem.

With No Cash Utah Clean Air Panel Disspates

Jun 14, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A committee aimed at addressing the wintertime smog blanketing Salt Lake City is dissolving about a year after it formed.

The Alternative Energy Interlocal Entity Board, some legislators said, would help improve air quality. 

In 2013, the Legislature tasked the team of high-profile city officials and lawmakers with finding ways to expand use of cleaner fuels, especially natural gas.

But the Salt Lake Tribune reports that without any funding, the board is quietly dissolving.

Utah Governor Gary Hebert has signed legislation geared at cutting air pollution by reducing wood burning in the state. Lynn Ware Peek has more.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - More than 4,000 protestors gathered in Salt Lake City on Saturday to press the government to step up the fight against air pollution in Utah.

Some demonstrators wore surgical and gas masks and others waved placards during the rally on the steps of the Capitol. 

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker reaffirmed his commitment to implementing air-friendly policies, but noted air quality is a regional issue that one city cannot change alone.

Summit County is likely at a turning point, in terms of its air pollution issue - according to the county's Health Director, Rich Bullough. Rick Brough has more.