Cache Valley Pollution Kept in Check

Cache Valley Pollution Kept in Check

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Cache Valley made it through the winter with only one red burn day, small-particulate pollution was within acceptable amounts and the threat of federal clean-air mandates has been held off for the time being, the Bear River Health Department said.

"We're not dangling by our fingertips anymore," Grant Koford, an environmental scientist with the Bear River Health Department said Monday. "We now have one elbow back on the cliff."

Violations of particulate standards the previous two winters had brought the threat that said another year of violations could mean emissions testing, a loss of federal highway funds or any number of federal regulations to improve air quality.

Those violations did not occur. Koford attributed the outcome to a mild winter, fewer inversions and a valleywide campaign aimed at reducing wood-burning stove and vehicle emissions.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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