Like a lot of folks, I watched the documentary "The Air We Breathe" on KUED and the panel discussion that followed. As a long-time resident of Salt Lake County, I was enraged with the suggestion of the "smog" problem being a recent thing.
The only thing recent is the reaction by a few government officials in response to Dr. Brian Moench of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and the 4,000 voices protesting lack of action. Previously, no real solutions have been offered for a decades-old health issue.
The graph that sliced up polluters into various groups did not identify which group spews out the most unhealthy carcinogens. Nor did the graph include major contributors such as: Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt Lake Airport #2, Ogden and Provo airports, Hill Air Force Base and diesel trains.
Past actions speak loudly, Mr. Governor and Legislature. New highways and lane widening, permits for oil refinery expansions, 80 mph speed limits, and coddling of big business adds more unhealthy pollutants to the precious air we all breathe. So, let’s get serious this time and find some real solutions.
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