Utah renews opposition to federal pollution rule

Utah renews opposition to federal pollution rule

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah officials are renewing their opposition to a federal proposal that would lump Box Elder and Tooele counties in with some of the state's most polluted areas.

Members of the state's congressional delegation met with top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday in hopes of keeping the two counties out of an area deemed to be in violation of new stricter standards for tiny bits of harmful pollution.

City and county officials worry that being tagged as out-of-compliance with federal pollution standards will mean a reduction in federal highway dollars and an unnecessary burden on local businesses.

The proposal is one of many approved late during the Bush administration that is now under review by the Obama administration.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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