Improving Air Quality
Posted by Ben McAdams
January 15, 2015
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I recently visited
Salt Lake County's Environmental Health building where vehicle emissions inspections are conducted, to announce a program that will take 60 high-polluting vehicles off the road. The Vehicle Repair Assistance Program repairs the cars of qualifying low-income residents who can't afford to make the repairs themselves. Program participant Summer Cox said that when her car failed the emissions test she was shocked to learn it was a high-polluter. Summer said that no one wants to contribute to our bad air, but that we all still need to get our jobs and get our kids where they need to be.
Making our air breathable is a big job that will only work if we all do our part. At Salt Lake County, our clean air strategy means that we incorporate clean air practices in everything we do - from building to energy efficient standards, to using clean fuel alternatives in our county fleet; and, more recently, our wood-burning restriction on yellow and red air days and the Vehicle Repair Assistance Program. It will take many solutions to solve our big air quality problem - and at Salt Lake County, we're doing our part.
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