Koford: it will take ‘all of us’ to deal with air pollution problems in Cache Valley

Winter inversions came to Cache Valley earlier than usual this year and Bear River Health Department officials remind Cache Valley residents there is no magic way to deal with the air pollution. On KVNU’s For the People program Tuesday, environmental scientist Grant Koford said it helps that cars have become cleaner but, on the other hand, there are a lot more cars on the road. So what can be done? “The mass transit system around here is going to have to be improved, upgraded and modified, or whatever they need to do to add more buses, and so forth,” Koford answered. “Personally, all of us have to look at this on a personal basis and say, ‘what can we do? can we carpool? can we make less trips to the store? can I not burn my wood stove on a red air day?’.” Koford says some kind of emissions testing will probably be part of the future. Meanwhile, he says young children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases are reminded to be outside as little as possible during an inversion. The health department is utilizing multiple methods to inform the public about current air quality conditions, including www.brhd.org, twitter.com/bearriverhealth, facebook.com/BearRiverHealth and updates every morning and afternoon on KVNU 610 AM / 102.1 FM.

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