The business case for keeping Utah's air clean is clear, Utah business leaders agree, even if the path forward can be a little murky sometimes.
Not only is the state's prized quality of life at stake, but also its access to transportation funding and future economic development, noted participants Thursday at the Salt Lake Chamber's 2nd annual Clean Air Conference. And, with the state's population expected to grow by 1.3 million by 2040, the pressure can only intensify to keep Utah's air breathable.
Chamber Vice President Ryan Evans said that his group has been active in clean-air issues since early in the 20th century, although interest fell off for a while. Recently, the issue has come into sharper focus because of winter inversion episodes that sometimes make Utah stand out nationally for being hazy and even unhealthy.