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Report: Park City pollution also on rise

Report: Park City pollution also on rise

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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Park City's pollution production has grown along with the resort town's booming population.

City officials hope to curb the carbon emissions before it gets any worse. According to a new report, the city has grown by 79 percent since 1990. But the carbon output level increased by 112 percent over the same time period, the report said. Park City hopes a few changes could cut emissions by 15 percent next year.

The study looked only at municipal offices and programs. The next step will be to study community-wide efforts to reduce carbon output. But the first changes will start at the municipal level. "Our job is to be the voice for what the majority of the community wants," Mayor Dana Williams said.

The City Council received the report on Thursday.

The biggest pollution source was listed as pumping water uphill.

The water department emits 3,649 tons of carbon dioxide annually, compared to 3,345 tons by the public transit department and 782 tons by employees' commuting.

Williams has made environmental sustainability a hallmark of his administration. Park City created a special office for sustainability about 18 months ago. Staffers look at everything from open space to environmental consciousness to housing and culture.

One of the pending changes is a wind farm that the city wants to create on top of Quinn's Junction, near a planned hospital and housing project. The Board of Adjustment approved two towers to be used for testing this week. "It's groovy," said Williams, who has made sustainability a hallmark of his administration.


Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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