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WHAT IS STORY BEHIND POLLUTANTS?

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I wonder how many other readers think there is something not quite right with a certain type of "legal notice" that appear occasionally at the end of the classified section (classification 998) of this (and the "other") newspaper.

These are notices of intent to do something that would "emit air pollutants." They advertise a list of "net increases" (or decreases, which I have never seen) in the emission of such pollutants as our favorite, controversial, lung-irritating PM10, along with SO2 (the awful-smelling, eye-burning sulfur dioxide), NOx (typical brown, vehicular tailpipe junk) and the other deadly tailpipe stuff, CO (carbon monoxide).They advertise a public hearing and solicit public comment on the specific item of intent published.

The curious part of these legal notices is that the Utah Air Quality Board has already determined that these are "approved emissions" which will have "no adverse air quality impacts."

How can the air quality board find that any emissions of pollutants cause "no adverse air quality impacts"?

Does it not seem strange that all the while we citizens are being exhorted to increase our efforts to reduce the emission of pollutants of the nature advertised, others are being permitted (perhaps even encouraged) to emit them?

Tod Young

Granite