Gov.: Less wood smoke, emissions, key to clean air

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert says the state will take steps to reduce vehicle emissions and wood burning to tackle Utah’s air pollution problems.

Herbert outlined several air quality initiatives during his annual State of the State speech Wednesday evening.

The governor says the state will work to ensure cleaner burning gasoline and lower-emission vehicles are available in Utah.

He’s also calling on state air regulators to limit wood burning during the winter and summer periods when air pollution is the worst.

Northern Utah’s air quality can be among the worst in the nation when high pressure systems trap pollution in mountain valleys.

Last weekend, more than 4,000 protesters descended on the Capitol to demand action from state officials.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is also working on more than a dozen air quality bills this year.

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