A tax break designed to entice Utah refineries to produce cleaner-burning gasoline more quickly is on its way to Gov. Gary Herbert.
The House voted 72-0 on Wednesday to pass SB197. The Senate previously passed it 24-1.
It broadens a sales tax exemption for refineries that move toward production of cleaner Tier 3 fuel. Legislative analysts estimate that would cost $2.1 million a year in 2019.
The federal government is expected to require Tier 3 fuel eventually, but lawmakers want to speed the process in Utah to fight pollution — a concept that the governor has previously endorsed as the single most important thing policymakers could do to clean up Utah's air.