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Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker targets dirty air problem

Salt Lake City mayor lays out strategy and urges state leaders to weigh in.

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Nonetheless, the Utah Legislature also has worked to undermine Salt Lake City’s anti-idling law, has been reluctant to increase taxes for mass transit and, at this point, appears wary of a proposal to allow counties to raise gasoline taxes.

Becker would not predict outcomes on Capitol Hill, but he said he believes Utahns have had enough when it comes to air pollution. "Enough is enough," he said.

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State of City highlights

State » Mayor Ralph Becker calls on the governor and Legislature to allocate more money for public transit; make available lower-sulphur gasoline; set better air-quality standards; increase the gasoline tax; and adopt energy-efficient building codes.

City » Salt Lake will raise the standard of municipal building construction to LEED Gold through executive order, evaluate the energy use of large commercial buildings, provide assistance to building owners for energy-efficient upgrades, develop tailpipe emissions reductions plans for all city departments and build the most energy efficient airport in the nation.

Residents » Individuals should combine errands for fewer automobile trips, use mass transit and bicycles whenever possible and turn off car engines while waiting for kids at school.

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