Each year, the air in our valley becomes more polluted, and the dangerous health effects elevated blood pressure to autism are repeatedly documented. Our state leads the nation in autism rates.
So it was with disappointment though not surprise that I read that the Utah Division of Air Quality granted Tesoro refinery's application to expand by using the least expensive but most polluting means, violating the Clean Air Act. The permit allows increases of virtually all dangerous emissions by 60 percent to 500 percent.
Keep these points in mind from "Utahns sacrifice, but not big polluters" (Opinion, Oct. 6), by Brian Moench of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment: