The 2014 Utah legislative session has come to a close, and our winter inversions have cleared for a season. But just as the actions taken on Utah's Capitol Hill live well beyond the session, the issue of air quality also must have a life beyond the inversions. As the business of governing continues, so must the effort for better air.
I chair the Wasatch Front Regional Council's Air Quality Committee, made up of local elected officials and other leaders interested in solutions to Utah's air quality challenges. We understand that clearing our air is a significant and complex issue, and we appreciate the attention it has received across our communities.
As a committee we wish to publicly express our appreciation to the governor and the Legislature for their support of the air quality bills that were proposed, considered and approved during this past session. We have seen expressions of disappointment that some bills failed, and that some passed with less funding than desired, but we think the final outcome was excellent. We make special mention of the Clean Air Caucus and the Economic Development Task Force, both of which have made substantial air quality proposals during the past two years.