The quality of the air along the Wasatch Front can become so bad, for so many different reasons, that government, business and individuals must whack at the problem with every club in their bags.
There is a good argument to be made that the new clean-up plan being floated by the Utah Air Quality Board does not go far enough. But that plan, now out for public comment, does recognize that the sources of the particulate matter that can do the most damage to our lungs are many and complex. They range from wood stoves, which recent studies have shown contribute a shocking percentage of the pollution found in the Salt Lake Valley's air, to such innocuous-seeming everyday items as hair sprays and hamburger joints.
Meanwhile, joining the battle on another flank, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker last week announced a plan to provide annual Utah Transit Authority passes to Salt Lake City residents for $360, or $30 a month. Compared to the normal $198 per month cost of the all-services pass good on buses, TRAX, FrontRunner and the soon-to-open Sugar House Streetcar the reasonable hope is that such a deep discount will actually convince more people to leave their cars at home and take public transit to work, to school and on shopping and entertainment jaunts around the UTA system.