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Trib Talk: Does Utah’s plan to clean the air go far enough?

Chris Detrick | Tribune file photo Inversions like this one in January has earned the corridor from Salt Lake County to Weber County a ranking among the nation's worst spots for air quality from the American Lung Association.

By Jennifer Napier-Pearce

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Oct 08 2013 08:00AM
Updated Oct 31, 2013 12:50PM

Vast metropolitan areas of Utah are out of compliance with federal air quality standards, so state officials have come up with a plan to clean up the air. They’re targeting wood burning, vehicle emissions and refinery pollution in an exhaustive five-year proposal to cut particulate pollution and they’re holding hearings this week to get public input.

But will the plan sweep the air clean enough and what will it cost?

On Tuesday at 12:15 p.m., Division of Air Quality director Bryce Bird and Brian Moench of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss the proposed standards and what’s at stake for Utahns.

You can join the discussion by sending questions or comments to the hashtag #TribTalk on Twitter and Google+ or you can post them in the comments section below this story. The live video will appear at the top of this page a few minutes before the chat begins.

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