Air Quality in the Utah Legislative Session
The Utah Legislative Session is in its final days. All proposed bills must be passed before midnight on March 9.
Salt Lake City has staff who attend important hearings, speak to our legislators, and represent the City’s interests in the 45-day session. Here in the Sustainability Department, we closely follow important bills particularly as they relate to air quality, energy, food, and other sustainability initiatives.
One of the most impactful ways to improve air quality is to fully fund the state agencies that must research and regulate it. This is a common sense measure that Salt Lake City supports. Because it is not under our purview to regulate air quality permits, emissions, or compliance with the federal Clean Air Act, we want to see the State’s Division of Air Quality– which does undertake those tasks–receive the funding they need to do their jobs effectively.
However, receiving their full appropriations request is never a sure thing.
In the waning days of the 2017 session, we hope the Utah Legislature will support clean air funding and other bills to reduce pollution.
For more information, please read the below copy of Breathe Utah’s recent letter to the Executive Appropriations Committee. To stay informed on air quality legislation, please visit HEAL Utah, Breathe Utah, Utah Clean Energy, or Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment.
March 8, 2017
To: The Honorable Members of the Executive Appropriations Committee
Re: Budget for the Division of Air Quality Read more