A group of clean air advocates has resolved to organize a rally that would be the Utah’s largest. The group hopes to use public pressure to persuade state Lawmakers to address their concerns about what they say is a lack of Utah policy needed to address air quality concerns.
When Tom Bennett of Georgia travels he takes along his guitar and makes music. Bennett is a folk musician who has settled along Utah’s Wasatch Front.
“I love the west,” said Bennett. “I have traveled most places and decided to settle here because I found it to be the most beautiful state.”
It used to be that Bennett traveled through Salt Lake on a bicycle but now he is forced to use public transportation to get to and from work because he said he can’t physically handle the state’s poor air quality.
“Last winter I suffered an 80 percent loss of hearing because my sinuses were so infected from breathing bad air,” he said.
On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranked northern Utah and parts of central California as having the country's worst air.