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View of Salt Lake City from Twin Peaks during an inversion, January 21, 2013 when PM2.5 concentrations in Salt Lake City were approximately 45 ug/m3 (NAAQS is 35 ug/m3). Photo by K. Kelly.

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Between January 1–24, 2013, Salt Lake City’s Hawthorne monitoring station exceeded fine particulate air quality standards on 15 days. This is based on available DAQ data as of February 15, 2013. Photo by K. Kelly.

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Soot contributes approximately 10% to fine particulate matter concentrations during inversions along the Wasatch Front. Transmission emission microscopy image of a soot particle from P. Toth.

Air Quality in the News

Herbert's clean air team: Move to clean fuels for cars immediately

October 2nd, 2014

Making low sulfur fuel immediately available for Utah motorists plus reducing wood burning during inversions will make the biggest dent in the Wasatch Front's nagging[...]

State releases status quo plan for two old, coal-fired power plants

October 2nd, 2014

Utah environmental regulators on Wednesday unveiled a revised plan for clearing the skies over the state’s national parks, but to environmentalists’ dismay it would do not[...]

Salt Lake County lands on Top 10 list of polluted housing markets

October 1st, 2014

An online financial news and opinion company released a list of top 10 polluted housing markets in the country and Salt Lake County's bad air,[...]

Does air quality suffer as Utah moves more oil by rail?

September 29th, 2014

 Oil terminals are operating without air-quality permits as industry ramps up production of Utah crude. Built to move coal from trucks to trains, three Carbon County [...]

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