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A. Scott Anderson: Inversions will remain, but we can clean the air inside them

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A. Scott Anderson, For the Deseret News

As we enter the winter season with its nasty weather inversions, we all need to be concerned about Utah’s air quality. It is a health issue, a quality of life issue and an economic development issue.

We will always be dealing with this challenge because it is impossible to prevent winter air inversions. Given our geography and the right climactic conditions, inversions always have been, and always will be, a feature of our weather. However, we can clean up the air that gets trapped in the inversions. That needs to be our mission. It’s a task that will take cooperation and effort from all of us.

Survey research shows air quality is one of the top two or three issues of most concern to citizens. And rapid population growth compounds the challenge. Consider that just 35 years from now, when today’s toddlers have families of their own, some 2.5 million more people will live in Utah, most of them on the Wasatch Front. That will be nearly double the number of people driving, working, recreating, consuming energy — and producing pollution. (…)

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