SLC clean-air groups rally to force EPA on Utah air quality

Sep 20 2013 - 10:00am


Smog over Salt Lake City, (AP file photo)
Smog over Salt Lake City, (AP file photo)


SALT LAKE CITY -- Clean-air advocates say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect residents in oil and gas country of eastern Utah from industrial emissions.

The groups are asking a federal appeals court in Washington D.C., to force the EPA to declare the Uinta Basin out of compliance with federal clean-air standards. That would force Utah to do something to cut emissions.

Earthjustice filed the petition Tuesday on behalf of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and WildEarth Guardians.

An industry-sponsored study released in February found that oil and gas operations and a coal-fired power plant in the region around Vernal are responsible for almost all of the basin's pollution from smog and ozone.


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