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View Diary: UPDATE RALLY ON! Is Utah's Air Quality Doomed to Remain Toxic Forever? It May be killing you now! (90 comments)

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  •  Dear, I am just a messenger, not a scientist (0+ / 0-)

    Do you see the irony in your criticising me for criticising the Governor?

    You have stated you are a scientist.  Where are your plans to help us based on the information provided?

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:00:55 PM PST

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    •  If you want to improve air quality (0+ / 0-)

      in utah, there is no substitute for doing the following:

      1.  tracking proposed permits and filing comments, as well as compliance statuts, on all of the major emission sources.

      2.  getting involved in PM 2.5 Utah State Implementation Plan development, and ozone plan development as well.

      3.  Getting vehicle emission testing in place for NOX control and getting gasoline loading vapor recovery for tank filling at gas stations.

      4.   Getting SO 2 and NOX Reasonable Available Control Technology in place at all major emission sources.

      5.  Enact more stringent air permitting requirements for smaller new and modified sources than is presently being required by Utah.   (i.e. considering major modifications at less than 40 tons per year and new sources at less than 100 tons per year for ozone and PM 2.5 precursor pollutants.

      6.   Getting all hydrocarbon recovery sources in the oil and gas industry under the required VOC and HAP emission controls recently announced by EPA covering natural gas sources. the current Holly Refinery matter, they should not be allowed to remove floating roof covers from crude oil tanks handling paraffin crude they want to convert to.

    •  Most of all....don't make it 'personal' (0+ / 0-)

      The whole idea is that in order to improve air quality, you are under a burden of demonstrating leadership as an air pollution control and air resources steward.   You can't carry that responsibility out in order to show the State and regulated emission sources unless you have a different and better stewardship plan than the facility stewardship offered by regulated emission sources.

      To be effective in actually improving air quality you have to make what I call the 'complainer to worker' transition.   Making political attacks that are not part of specific fact/policy initiatives that directly and determinately address specific problems is just mostly irrelevant and distracting to the task at hand.

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