2010 March 17: UT Salt Lake City: Sierra Club, schoolchildren, lawmaker urge action on ozone limits (particulates mentioned)

2010 March 17: UT Salt Lake City: Sierra Club, schoolchildren, lawmaker urge action on ozone limits (particulates mentioned)

National Day of Action applauds EPA proposal to tighten standards

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue

Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 12:23 a.m. MDT
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SALT LAKE CITY — Duplicating events in cities around the country, the Utah Sierra Club and others this week held a "National Ozone Day of Action," applauding a proposed rule to clamp down on smog-causing pollutants.
Out for comment until March 22, the EPA’s rule would tighten the primary ozone limit to 60 to 70 parts per billion, in contrast to the current limit of 75 parts per billion.
Such an action would go a long way toward reducing deadly health effects from the surface level pollutant that forms when vehicle and industry emissions interact with the heat of the sun, event organizers said.
Dr. Howie Garber, with Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, said estimates show 1,000 to 2000 people along the Wasatch Front die from respiratory or cardiac episodes brought on by pollutants, including those trapped along valley floors as a result of wintertime inversions.
The new standard proposed under the Obama administration tightens one set by President George W. Bush in 2008 that has been legally challenged as inadequate to protect human health and the environment.
Clair Jones, conservation organizer with the Utah Sierra Club, said it is anticipated the new rule could be adopted as early as August, with compliance being phased in during the next 10 to 15 years.
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