(EnviroNews Utah) – Today in Salt Lake City, at a Questar natural gas refueling station, Governor Gary R. Herbert launched his UCAIR program to address Utah’s critical air pollution problem.
The Governor proposed an array of ideas to help reduce air pollution along the Wasatch Front that were by and large, directed at individual citizens.
Critics claim that this is the same old rhetoric coming from the pro-industry Governor, citing his repeated praise of industry for the “good job” it has done at cleaning up its act while chastising individual citizens as being responsible for pushing Utah into dangerous Red Air Days.
Such statements from Herbert hold little water considering the fact that Kennecott Utah Copper, in tandem with it’s London-based international mining giant parent corporation Rio Tinto, has been accused of being responsible for a stifling one third of Utah’s air pollution, and was recently approved for a controversial pollution permit increase by Utah’s Department of Air Quality.
This segment displays Herbert’s uncut speech in it’s entirety.