Data battles muddle solutions for cleaner Utah air

Posted: Feb 27, 2013

Written by

JUDY FAHYS, Salt Lake Tribune
Kennecott Utah Copper

War has erupted between clean-air activists and state leaders, with the battleground being the data driving decisions about Utah’s air quality.

In a winter marked by weeks of frigid smog smothering northern Utah’s valleys and by more scratchy throats, stinging eyes and asthma attacks than anyone can count, the governor’s office uses the data to say industry is not the main cause of Utah’s winter pollution — day-to-day activities at home and on the road are.

On the opposing side, advocacy groups led by Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment insist both industry and political leaders are misleading the public with data at the expense of public health.

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