Utah county prefers blissful ignorance about air quality

Posted: Nov 9, 2010

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Salt Lake Tribune

Although air monitoring is spotty in the basin, two remote locations with monitors, Red Wash and Ouray, recorded 40 days last winter when ozone levels reached “unhealthy” levels as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency. The basin ozone, caused primarily by pollution from oil and gas drilling, equaled that of the worst urban areas in the nation during that period. And Uintah County exceeded the high summertime ozone levels in Salt Lake County a dozen times last summer.

The EPA regularly monitors only areas where at least 50,000 people live, and the population of Uintah County is only about 30,000. And the Utah Division of Air Quality is not planning to increase monitoring, despite the high readings.


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