Air quality a hot topic for the 2012 legislature

In his State of the State speech Wednesday night, Utah Governor Gary Herbert said he is developing a plan to address the state’s poor air quality. Herbert said he will announce details of the plan in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Mill Creek, is sponsoring a bill that would create an air quality task force. On KVNU’s For the People program Wednesday, Arent said the task force would include people with varying views on the issue. “We’re going to have controversial issues,” Arent said with a chuckle. “We’re going to have a good time trying to learn about them. But I certainly can’t assure anyone that we’re not going to have any controversy with this task force. “We’re all going to be learning. We’re all going to come from different perspectives and that’s the joys of the legislative process.” Both Arent and the governor acknowledge that the air in Utah can be among the worst in the nature during winter inversions.

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