Forbes magazine announced that Utah is the "best state for business." Gov. Gary Herbert claims a key reason for this distinction is Utah's "positive regulatory climate." Forbes missed the point.
Our lax regulatory climate and the air pollution it fails to curb are bad for business. As Forbes made its pronouncement, Utah experienced a prolonged episode of severe fine-particulate (PM2.5) air pollution, hitting daily average concentrations of 92.3 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter of air in Utah County almost three times the health-based standard of 35.
Meanwhile, Salt Lake reached a 24-hour average of PM2.5 concentrations of 61.6, Logan 74.8 and Vernal 40.6.