Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The EPA Rule on Ozone Levels and the Intermountain West

The EPA Rule on Ozone Levels Recently, the US Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) published an administrative rule that requires states to lower atmospheric ozone levels to 60-70 parts per billion. For states in the Intermountain West, where the level of naturally occurring ozone (or “background concentrations”) routinely reaches 60 – 75 ppb, it’s going to be tough to comply. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-led research, it’s not a problem limited to inversion prone valleys like Salt Lake and Cache. “We expected we were going to see intrusions big enough, individual events, which would…

Cleaning Up Utah’s Air

Improving our air quality is an issue that faces all of us in the Salt Lake Valley. Addressing our air quality problems is a top priority of mine and I am proud to have co-sponsored or voted in favor of each of the air quality bills that passed the legislature this year. Because of my strong air quality record, I received a 100% rating from the Physicians for a Healthy Environment after the 2014 legislative session. I am a strong believer that the best solution to address our air quality…

I love the Wasatch Front, but I have to leave it

I love the Salt Lake City area. When my wife and I got married, we were living in different cities, Sacramento and Las Vegas, respectively. We decided to relocate to Salt Lake City to enjoy the beautiful scenery, the vibrant community, and the number of friends and family we had in the area. Over nine years later, I still love it, but I have to leave it.

Utah Municipal Power Association’s “united front”

Most people who watch the state legislature agree that this year’s session was “Utah’s Clean Air Moment.” Everybody seemed to come to the same conclusion at the same time–  the air was bad, and something should be done about it. So in 2014, our elected representatives addressed a “record number of proposals designed to improve our air.”   Studies were done. A caucus was formed. Appropriations were made. Over 20 bills were introduced. Some actually passed. One of the contributing factors to the increased awareness of our air quality problems was Provo’s first place rating…