A drive to clean up Salt Lake City's air may pay off about the same time the city expects to realize another dream - hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini said Wednesday she's enlisted the help of more than 30 government agencies, civic organizations and businesses to combat air pollution in the Salt Lake area.A key strategy for achieving cleaner air will be dramatically increasing use of natural gas and alternative fuel-powered vehicles.
Corradini said the city plans to apply for the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program, which recognizes metropolitan areas striving for cleaner air. The city will learn in about a month whether it will be added to a list of 12 cities with the designation.
Corradini said being designated as a "Clean City" would aid Utah's efforts to win the bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics, because of the importance that international Olympic Committee members give environmental issues.