SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Air Quality Board is turning down a citizen petition seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The nine-member board turned down a plan Wednesday that aimed to cut emissions by 6 percent each year.
Board members say there aren’t enough resources to implement the plan and it could conflict with regulations from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
A state official says staff members are already overwhelmed meeting federal requirements to craft anti-pollution plans.
Attorney Jamie Pleune filed the petition on behalf of a group of clean air advocates.
The group submitted the petition to several state agencies and Gov. Gary Herbert.
It calls for the Division of Water Resources and the Department of Health to do studies on climate change.