I chuckled and coughed a little when I read that Utah is scrapping its red-yellow-green alert scheme in favor of a more convoluted federal air quality scale ("New Utah air alerts have some seeing red," Tribune, Nov. 27). The new system will likely result in a greater number of "no burn" days per year. Fantastic.
Now that we have a nifty new air-action scale, have we also adopted a system to address the problem?
When the Wasatch Front disappears beneath a soup of filth, are those "no burn" bans being enforced? Are commuters being proactive by carpooling or taking TRAX? Are state officials going after huge commercial polluters? My guess: Probably not.