Tuesday, October 27

Air Quality

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Simple Steps You Can Take to Improve Utah Air Quality and Protect Your Health

PROVO, Utah – Many Utahns are familiar with the winter inversion that traps cold air and pollution in the air making it hard to breathe but not as many know about the summer ozone season which can be just as dangerous on hot days. There are simple ways Utahns can improve air quality every day to make a difference. Summer Ozone Season Chris Wiltsie and his family love to ride bikes. His 4-year-old daughter enjoys the thrill of going fast down Provo Canyon. “She’s just yelling to me to go faster, right? Because she’s just loving it and the wind is just blowing past us,” he described. It’s more than just a past time for the Wiltsie family. “I’ve been able to travel throughout the state just using FrontRunner and my bicycle,” he said. For Wiltsie, it’s been his primary...
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Summer Ozone Affects Air Quality In Less Visual Way Than Winter Inversion

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – During the winter, there’s plenty of conversation about the inversion and the issues it creates for air quality. However, summer ozone levels also impact air quality, but it’s not as widely discussed. UCAIR Executive Director Thom Carter joined KSL to talk about ways Utahns can cut down on ozone levels. “In the winter it’s easy to talk about air quality,” Carter said. “With the inversions, you can see it, you can taste it, you can feel it.” He said residents looking outside on a summer day when the sky is blue might not think about those air quality issues. In the late afternoons under the hot summer sun, it turns into a ground-level ozone problem. Hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides mix together and bake in the presence of sunlight, and that tra...