Public hearings planned for Utah air quality

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Public hearings about a state plan to reduce air pollution are scheduled to begin in northern Utah.Utah Division of Air Quality director Bryce Bird says the hearings will help people understand the proposed steps to bring air quality along the urban Wasatch Front into compliance with federal laws.The hearings are planned for Wednesday in Provo and Salt Lake City and Thursday in Logan.Bird says the DAQ will unveil a system that models different pollution reduction strategies and helps the state control harmful emissions.Changes to improve air quality could include expanded emissions testing programs or tighter restrictions on things like wood burning that increase pollution.This week’s meetings are the first of 24 that are planned through the rest of this year.

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