Poor air quality is a chronic problem across Utah, with two major forms of concern: Ozone and Particulate Matter pollution. (PM10 & PM2.5) Serious health problems are associated with each form of pollution including reduced lung function, asthma, and other respiratory damage. The worst impacts are felt by children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.
In northern Utah, the health of families is threatened by wintertime inversions and a growing summer ozone problem. In southern Utah, pollution from coal-fired power plants threatens visibility in our National Parks, and extensive oil and gas extraction has worsened a wintertime ozone problem. Sierra Club Utah is committed to solving these problems through smart policy advocacy, litigation, direct political engagement, and by leveraging grassroots power throughout the state.
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Sierra Club staff and volunteers actively watchdog and engage on projects like the proposed Inland Port, the Uinta Basin Railway, the pending Ozone State Implementation Plan, mitigating dust from gravel pits, and much more to protect the health of Utah communities.