So it's not like we can all hold our breath until 2019, but at least we can hold some hope.
When Gov. Gary Herbert held a ceremonial signing this week of a bill to incentivize Utah refiners to make cleaner gasoline, he also announced that one of the biggest refiners, Chevron, is taking the state up on the incentives.
With Tesoro earlier committing to producing Tier III fuels and other refineries having to comply, too, cleaner gasoline should become dominant along the Wasatch Front's pollution-trapping valleys starting in 2019.
The refiners with multi-state operations (Tesoro and Chevron) had the option of cleaning up their fuels elsewhere. They just had to meet a federal standard across all their refineries. It's been a multi-year negotiation, but Utah legislators passed Senate Bill 197 this year with the specific aim of getting Chevron to the table. Chevron, for its part, says the tax break is great, but the cost of upgrading is well above the tax benefit. They're doing it, they say, because they live here, too.