Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Air quality bounces back after smoky weekend
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Air quality problems that flared up Friday had drifted away by Monday, said the Utah Division of Air Quality.

"It looks like values are in decline everywhere," said Bo Call, who oversees the state's air-pollution-monitoring network. "The trend is, with the wind and the front coming, [the pollution levels] are declining."

On Friday, as the Saratoga Springs Dump Fire billowed soot into the skies, spikes of both ozone and PM 2.5 registered on monitors up and down the Wasatch Front. At some locations, pollution rose briefly to alarming levels, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

Throughout the weekend, the trends were "spiky" and erratic, Call explained. But, with the speed and direction of weekend winds, much of the smoggy, sooty buildup blew away during the weekend.

When smog and soot pollution is high, all the usual concerns about the health impacts come into play. The young and the old, plus those with heart and lung disease, are most at risk. But high pollution can have an impact on everyone, causing stinging eyes, scratchy throats and, for those most affected, asthma attacks and other serious health complaints.

fahys@sltrib.com

Twitter: @judyfutah —

Online: Keep up with the latest air-quality alerts

O Keep up to date on air quality trends by signing up for emails from the Division of Air Quality. > tinyurl.com/7bza3jq

Pollution • Utahns can breathe easier as buildup blows away.
Article Tools

 Print Friendly
 
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.