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EPA FAULTS AIR ANALYSIS OF SEVEN PEAKS PLAN

The Environmental Protection Agency still has significant concerns with an air-quality analysis performed on the proposed Seven Peaks ski resort.

In a letter to Burnell Cordner, director of the Bureau of Air Quality and executive secretary of the Air Conservation Committee, the EPA raises three issues. The agency also asks for a meeting with the bureau and the Forest Service to discuss its concerns before the Forest Service takes final action on a permit.The EPA's concerns are:

- The analysis based traffic and emission projections on the year 2010, rather than the first several years after the resort would open. The years after the resort's opening should have been used to determine carbon monoxide effects and the effect on Provo's carbon monoxide state implementation plan.

- The analysis should have included data on traffic increases on other roadways, particularly those near the University Avenue monitor.

- The analysis should have used carbon monoxide averages from 1990 rather than from 1988, since the state implementation plan will be based on the 1990 figures. In 1990, the highest carbon monoxide reading at the north Provo monitor was 14 and the second highest reading was 9. At the university monitor, the highest reading was 20 and the second highest was 16. The 1988 numbers for both readings were 8.6.

EPA officials also said the mitigation measures proposed do not address the affected area.

Because Seven Peaks is considered an indirect source of pollution, the EPA has only an oversight role in the permitting process for the resort. Utah is one of only a few states that regulates indirect sources of pollution.