It's not just bad; air quality in Salt Lake City is the worst in the nation.
Utah's capital city and environs plumbed the dirty atmospheric depths on Tuesday, landing at the bottom. Wednesday, too, was expected to see the Wasatch Front among the worst in the country, althought at "orange," or unhealthy for sensitive groups, it was a bit better than Tuesday's "red," unhealthy-for-everyone rating.
When it came to Tuesday's smog and particulate pollution levels, Salt Lake County was No. 1, supplanting such gray-skied California metro areas as Bakersfield, Fresno and Napa for the dishonor.
The Utah Division of Air Quality on Wednesday resumed a Mandatory Action Day for Salt Lake and Utah counties, where winter air inversions continued to trap auto and industrial emissions under a dome of stinky, lung-taxing haze. You could even taste it, albeit involuntarily, as a film of rotting garbage, exhaust and charcoal on your palate.