(EnviroNews Utah) – On a cold morning at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Governor Gary Herbert took to the podium in a press conference to deliver what he coined a “Clean Air Challenge” for the state of Utah. The purpose?: In his own words, “so we can see farther from the Capitol steps than 4th (400) South on a day like today.”
Utah has been crippled by a string of dangerous air pollution days this winter, which is certainly nothing new along the Wasatch Front.
In light of the chewy air, the Governor saw fit to call a press conference, where he challenged Utahans to “do more” in order to clean up the State’s airborne pollution. Not using wood stoves, making less trips to the grocery store, and driving less were among the things recommended by the Governor.
That being said, it should be noted that not one mention was made of what industrial source polluters should be doing to do their part in cleaning up Utah’s deadly air.
Here at EnviroNews Utah, we have taken notice that Herbert, when discussing air quality, has repeatedly pointed the finger at Utah’s citizens as the source of the problem, while not uttering a peep in regards to the valley’s big industrial pumpers. We will of course be watching to see if this pattern persists.