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Arnold Reitze Regional haze plan wasn’t worth fighting about

Jul 20, 2019 - The Salt Lake Tribune

On July 7, William Cosgrove opined on the recent decision of Utah’s Air Quality Board to approve Utah’s revision to the regional haze (RH) plan that is part of the state implementation plan (SIP). The RH SIP imposes requirements on certain emission sources to protect visibility in national parks and other federal lands beyond what is required to protect human health. Cosgrove wrote the Air Quality Board “shamelessly ducked its responsibility by unanimously passing a Regional Haze Plan.”

The Air Quality Board is comprised of nine members with expertise in air pollution. Four of the members, including me, have careers in the non-profit sector. The fact that the decision of the board was unanimous might indicate there are some problems with his concl...