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What’s stopping Utah’s Legislature from solving the air pollution problem? Inside the politics of clean air

Qiling Wang, Deseret News

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This is the third in a series of reports on Utah’s air pollution problem. Using a grant from the Solutions Journalism Network our journalists have spent months looking for answers to Utah’s air pollution problem.

In 2011, Rep. Steve Handy, a Republican who represents Layton, got a phone call from a constituent whose wife was sick. The caller asked Handy what he was doing about the dangerous pollution that clouds the Salt Lake Valley every winter.

“We can’t legislate geography,” Handy said. At the time, he thought air quality wasn’t a big deal and only affected a small number of people with bad lungs.

Nearly eight years later, the state representative is embarrassed by that response...

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