SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A group of Utah lawmakers says they’re planning to tackle the state’s pollution problems with more than a dozen proposals this year.
Members of the Clean Air Caucus unveiled the legislation during a news conference at Utah’s state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.
The group says they’re concerned about the damage poor air quality causes to the health of Utah residents and the state’s economy.
The problem is exacerbated in the winter and summer as high-pressure systems trap polluted air in northern Utah’s bowl-shaped valleys.
Rep. Patrice Arent, a Salt Lake City Democrat and co-chair of the group, says lawmakers are serious about tackling the problem.
She says the proposals look to increase the use of cleaner vehicles and public transit, tackle issues as wood burning and boost public awareness.