Air quality is an important issue in our state, especially along the Wasatch Front. Since 2014, the Utah Legislature has successfully passed almost 40 air quality bills, which is more than the previous 100 years combined. The impact of this work can be seen in the fact that year over year our air is consistently cleaner, even while our population continues to grow.
Ninety-five percent of the time our air quality is very good according to Bryce Bird, Director of the Utah Division of Air Quality; however, we are hit hard when natural inversions occur, trapping all of our pollution in the valley. While we have worked diligently as a Legislature to institute policies that will help clean the air, vehicle emissions are by far the leading contributor, at nearly 50 percent. Industry accounts for only 13 percent of the pollutants in our valley, so the bulk of the problem will need to be solved by each of us, as individuals. The best way for us to help combat this problem is for each of us to choose to drive less when our valley is experiencing an inversion.
We continue to make more progress on this issue every year and this year will be no exception.
7:59 AM Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
12:30 PM Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands
1:00 PM Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee
2:00 PM House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee
2:00 PM House Government Operations Committee
2:00 PM House Political Subdivisions Committee