New KUED program explores Utah’s pollution problem

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: February 5, 2014 08:46AM
Updated: February 5, 2014 11:15AM
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Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo The pollution-plagued Salt Lake Valley is obscured by another red air day as the inversion continues on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Do Utahns really know the science behind the state’s winter pollution problem?

Who is at risk? What is at risk? What are the primary contributors? What are the costs and consequences?

These questions are addressed in “UtahNOW, The Air We Breathe,” a new half-hour program that airs Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. on KUED Channel 7.

Narrated by retired broadcast meteorologist Mark Eubank and produced by Isaac Goeckeritz, the program offers a primer on pollution and how it affects the human body, according to a news release.

The program will repeat Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. on KUED.

Immediately following the Feb. 5 and Feb. 9 broadcasts, KUED’s Ken Verdoia will host a followup program during which a panel will discuss the range of options for Utah, along with roadblocks and resistance, according to the release. Panelists also will explore the role each Utahn must accept to improve Utah’s air quality.

Salt Lake Tribune environmental reporter Brian Maffly will be on the panel, along with Robert Grow, president and chief executive of Envision Utah, and Brian Moench, director of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment.

More information about the program is available here.

Share the story of your bad air day

For some Utahns, inversion season is simply annoying. It means fewer outdoor exercise days, eye and throat irritation and a less-than-picturesque view. For others, though, the cloud of pollution that clings to the valley floor is a serious threat that exacerbates existing health problems and makes Salt Lake City virtually unlivable in the winter months.

• How does poor air quality affect you? The Salt Lake Tribune and KUED Channel 7 want to hear your bad-air-day stories — whether written or video-recorded. Send stories to utairquality@sltrib.com with “My Bad Air Day” in the subject line or share them at facebook.com/saltlaketribune.

• Share video stories on Tout at tout.com/sltrib or at #mybadairday on Instagram. The Tribune and KUED will share your stories as part of our ongoing air-quality coverage.