- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed legislation geared at cutting air pollution by reducing wood burning in the state.

Herbert’s office announced in a statement Tuesday he has given final approval to the measure, which is geared at residents living in areas where pollution surpasses federal limits.

Under the measure, residents in those parts of the state could receive help in transitioning to natural gas heaters or other cleaner heat sources if they are now reliant on wood-burning stoves for household heat.

The measure puts $750,000 toward the effort, which includes materials to educate residents on the effects of wood burning during the state’s inversion season.

State regulators have said such a measure could help to clear wintertime soot along the Wasatch front.

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