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"Thank goodness for the Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency," Becker said. "We love, in Utah, to talk about those big bad feds, but if it wasn’t for the Clean Air Act and the new PM2.5 standards, half of the things about to start wouldn’t be happening."

He knows the EPA is one of the federal departments most criticized by Republicans, but he says complaints from Utah officials have seemed to die down lately, particularly this winter, when the state has suffered under one inversion after another, a weather pattern that traps air above the Wasatch Front, which soon becomes loaded with pollution.

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Becker urges the EPA to hold firm on the federal standards for air quality.

"I hope for our sake — our health and our prosperity — that they stick to the standards," he said. "They really are necessary to enable us to improve the air quality."


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