(UNEDITED) After reading "Tougher Limits", 4 April 2011, I have some solutions to reduce particulate matter 50 percent by December 2012. We need to immediately implement mountain-top mining to lower a main source for PM2.5 in the valleys--mountains. We should shut down Salt Lake International and prohibit all tourism, bathing, and laundry, unless the bathing and laundry are done in cold water. During the summer, air-conditioning should be outlawed; likewise, in the winter all heating should be outlawed. Farming, gardening, ranching, and any off-road activities, including hunting, should be abolished. All manufacturing and construction should be stopped ASAP. In a matter of months the bloom could be taken from the rose and the desert could revert back to what it was before the Pioneers entered the Valley--a desert wasteland. This would resolve many pressing problems; i.e., West Davis Corridor Options, illegal immigration, taxes, school overcrowding, etc., AND the federal government could claim the 35 percent of the State they don't already own and make it a total wilderness area! For those in Washington, D. C., who have come up with these stringent regulations, let's bring them out to Utah, stick them on a bike during the summer heat and winter cold and have them ride 40-50 miles to work. Perhaps then that particulate matter between their ears could come up with some realistic ideas on how to solve the issue, or better yet, maybe they could let the people who live in the State come up with solutions.
Sharon H. Cammack