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Inverting the Inversion: Addressing Utah’s Air Quality


The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour  If you’re a resident to Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo or really anywhere along the Wasatch Front, you know that the issue of air pollution is one that visits Utah every winter and summer season.

In response to the days that have especially bad air quality, such as orange or red level days, the Utah state Division of Air Quality calls for its residents to reduce their solid fuel emissions through a variety of tips. Those tips range from not burning solid fuels like wood or coal, to cutting back on driving by instead carpooling or using public transportation.

In December of 2018, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a budget proposal that would allocate 100 million dollars to address Utah’s poor air quality.

Speaking on the panel: Michael Brehm, Environmental Manager for the University of Utah’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety; Thom Carter, Executive Director for UCAIR (the Utah Clean Air Partnership); Scott Williams, Executive Director for HEAL Utah (the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah); Moderating the discussion is Kate Whitbeck, Communications and Relationship Manager in the Sustainability Office at the University of Utah.

This week’s forum was recorded on February 11th, 2019.

Link to Scott Williams’ slides from the beginning of the forum.

Video Link to UCAIR –  Causes of Inversion

Video Link to UCAIR –  Summer Ozone

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour
The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour is a weekly program featuring forums on local, national, and international issues important to people living in Utah. The program airs every Wednesday at 10 AM and Saturday at 9 AM. Hosted by Anthony Scoma, the program highlights and contextualizes the forums presented by the Hinckley Institute of Politics every fall and spring semester at the University of Utah. Produced by KCPW Studios
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