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EPA air rules

Published June 1, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

We are often told that the air pollution problem on the Wasatch Front is due our geography and our love of cars, and there is not much we can do to improve it. This, at least, is what Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Legislature seem to be saying.

But new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency, described by Subaru dealer Jeff Miller in his op-ed, "Embrace clean air standards" (Opinion, May 18), would make it so that Utahns emit less when we do have to drive.

The EPA's Tier 3 rules, which set new vehicle emissions standards and lower the sulfur content in gasoline, will result in better air quality for a penny more per gallon and $130 per new vehicle. Hopefully, our elected officials will support these new rules over air pollution.

Eric Jacoby

Salt Lake City