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Utah seeks comments on governor’s proposed ban on burning

First Published      Last Updated Jan 05 2015 09:19 pm

Air quality » Research indicates wood smoke is an ingredient in Wasatch Front’s inversion soup.
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Red believes eliminating wood burning is not going to make a big difference in the Wasatch Front's air quality. Any policy changes, he added, must be based on sound data.

"You need to consider this technically and not consider it as an emotional issue," said Red, speaking as a private citizen. "To come up with a blanket ordinance is not rational. I think it's politically motivated. I think the governor is making a serious mistake here."

Meanwhile, the Salt Lake County Board of Health is expected to vote Friday on a proposal to toughen the current burning restriction. The county measure would ban burning on mildly polluted days when the state recommends only "voluntary action."




Proposed burn ban open houses

Jan. 14 » Tooele County Health Department, 151 N. Main. St., Room 181, 4 p.m.

Jan. 15 » Utah Department of Environmental Quality, 195 N. 1950 West, Room 1015, Salt Lake City, 6 p.m.

Jan. 20 » Bear River Health Department, 991 S. 800 West, Room B. Brigham City, 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 20 » Morgan Weber Health Department, 477 23rd St., Auditorium, Ogden, 5 p.m.

Jan. 21 » Logan Historic Courthouse, 199 N. Main St., Council Chambers, Logan, 4 p.m.

Jan. 28 » Davis County Administration Building, 61 S. Main St., Farmington, 10 a.m.

Jan. 29 » Utah County Health Department, 151 S. University Ave., Room 1600, 11 a.m.

The Utah Division of Air Quality is accepting written comments through Feb. 9. Comments can be submitted to Mark Berger by e-mail at mberger@utah.gov., or mail DAQ at P.O. Box 144820, 1950 West; Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4820