Uinta Basin ozone should trigger EPA crackdown, groups say

Posted: Mar 4, 2013

Written by

JUDY FAHYS, Salt Lake Tribune
Uinta Basin ozone

Regulators already know they need to crack down on ozone pollution in the Uinta Basin, so why, environmental and health groups ask, are they waiting?

High pollution days this winter, coupled with a scientific report on the basin’s ozone problem, confirm federal standards for protecting human health and the environment are already being violated, say the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, WildEarth Guardians and their lawyers.

Robin Cooley, an attorney for the groups challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to clamp down on the pollution violations, said the data only confirm the need to act.

In contrast, oil and gas industry supporters insist more study is needed.


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