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Provo air ranked dirtiest in nation on Dec. 29

By The Associated Press   |  Posted Jan 8th, 2016 @ 7:19am


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PROVO, Utah (AP) — Federal environmental officials reported that Provo residents were breathing in the most polluted air in the country on Dec. 29.

The Daily Herald reports that Provo has not maintained the top ranking on the Environmental Protection Agency's airnow.gov website since then, but the Utah County city has consistently ranked among the top five cities with the filthiest air on the website.

Air quality report for Friday, Jan. 8, 2015. More resources are available on the KSL Weather page.

Chair of the Utah Valley Earth Forum, James Westwater, says the high rate of pollution this time of year is typical. But he also points to Utah Department of Air Quality statistics showing vehicles as the largest source of air pollution.

Westwater says people can make progress toward cleaner air by electing leaders who will take action on the issue.

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