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AIR QUALITY DIVISION NAMES NEW DIRECTOR

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Ursula Trueman, acting director of the Utah Division of Air Quality and whose planning efforts over the past four years have helped Utah meet federal air quality standards, was named division director Wednesday.

Four years ago Utah faced 16 Clean Air Act requirement deadlines, according to Dianne R. Nielson, executive director, Department of Environmental Quality. Utah met all the deadlines and is implementing workable strategies to main air quality along the Wasatch Front. As air quality's planning branch director, Trueman was responsible for providing workable, technically sound plans, Nielson said."Clean air is an important part of the quality of life so I am pleased to have such a strong leader in this critical role. Ursula has the technical knowledge and problem-solving skills that it takes to get the job done," said Gov. Mike Leavitt.

A civil engineer, Trueman was named acting director of the division when Russell Roberts resigned in July. She has been a department employee 13 years, working four years as a Division of Drinking Water engineer, six years as a Superfund program manager and three years as Air Quality planning branch manager. She will also serve as executive secretary to the Air Quality Board.