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UTAH MOMS FOR CLEAN AIR DELIVERS BOLD AIR QUALITY PLAN TO GOVERNOR HERBERT

March 8th, 2013

Press Advisory
For Immediate Release
March 8, 2013

UTAH MOMS FOR CLEAN AIR DELIVERS BOLD AIR QUALITY PLAN TO GOVERNOR HERBERT

Today, Utah Moms for Clean Air will release PATH TO IMPROVING AIR QUALITY IN UTAH, a bold plan by Utah Moms for Clean Air that calls upon Governor Herbert to exercise his executive powers and immediately create an Air Quality Task Force that will undertake the following:

a. Commission an independent baseline analysis of the air pollution problem for the Wasatch Front, Cache Valley and the Uinta Basin.
b. Commission a report that examines the health consequences of Utah’s air pollution.
c. Commission a report that examines the economic costs (including health costs) of Utah’s air pollution.
d. Commission a report that catalogues what other cities, states and countries have done to clean-up their air pollution.
e. Visit two cities where successful air pollution abatement programs have been implemented.
f. Establish workgroups based on sources of pollution (point, area, etc.) and another workgroup solely on HAPs (Hazardous Air Pollutants).
g. Study the political and economic feasibility of implementing Airshed User Fees.
f. Suggest substantial clean air legislation for the 2014 session.

Following the commissioning of these reports, we request that the Task Force should create a blueprint with clearly delineated clean air targets that are both voluntary and mandatory for government, business, industry and the citizenry to attain over the coming decade. We request this blueprint be completed by the end of 2013.

In addition to calling upon the Governor to create a Air Quality Task Force, Utah Moms for Clean Air offers a list of approximately sixty air pollution reduction strategies, some of which have been implemented elsewhere, others that the Governor and DAQ are already considering and some of which are new to the conversation.

In assembling these aforementioned recommendations, we recognized that substantial additional regulation reform would be required for their implementation. For that reason, we strongly suggest the serious consideration of an alternative – Airshed User Fees, an innovative pollution solution conceived by Utah Moms for Clean Air. As with our garbage and sewage, the public cost of harmful airborne pollution releases needs to be recouped in proportion to its production. An Airshed User Fee represents a fair, free market, libertarian solution to our air pollution problems. (see plan for further detail). In addition to providing financial incentives for the public and private sector to pollute less, Airshed User Fees will also provide a stream of dedicated funding for community pollution abatement and public health programs (see Plan for further detail).

WHY:
Last month Utah citizens, led by Margie McCloy, presented Governor Herbert with a clean-the-air petition signed by over 8,000 people. In response to the petition’s demanded that immediate action be taken on our air pollution problem, the Governor’s office, along with Amanda Smith (DEQ) responded by saying that the public needs to get involved and make suggestions. Alan Matheson was quoted as also saying “lets put all ideas on the table.” The plan, PATH TO IMPROVING AIR QUALITY IN UTAH, is our response to these requests.

WHEN: March 8th at 1:30pm.

WHERE: 1st Floor, Hall of the Governors (east side) inside the Capitol.

CONTACT:
Cherise Udell: supermoms@utahmomsforcleanair.org
Terry Marasco: 775-293-0189

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