I am really curious as to how the Department of Air Quality recently arrived at the figure that industry only accounts for 11 percent of our air pollution. Governor Herbert certainly likes this number as he has been sharing it with everyone as proof that industry has done its part and now it is time for Utah citizens to do their part. But, just take a look at these digits and tell me how all industry can account for only 11 percent when one company, Kennecott, is responsible for the majority of pollution in Salt Lake County.
The 2008 UDAQ Emission Inventory Report for Kennecott's Permitted Sources references Kennecott's total percentage of Salt Lake County emissions:
Carbon 47.9 percent; nitrogen dioxide, 76.7 percent; PM10 (micrograms per cubic meter) 72.3 percent ; PM2.5, 66.2 percent; volatile organic compounds 23 percent; sulfur dioxide 78.7 percent.
All together, according to Department of air Quality's data, 66.9 percent of the emissions from the monitored pollutants in Salt lake County come from Kennecott. I am not sure, however, if this is inclusive of all pollution sources or just point-source emissions.
Could it be that the 11 percent figure is for the entire state? Not sure. But I am sure that these numbers just don't add up.
To be fair, these are 2008 numbers and Kennecott could have been an exemplary corporate citizen and cut back on a big chunk of their pollutants despite increasing production for their planned expansion, but I doubt it.
Utah Moms for Clean Air
Salt Lake City