air quality

Let's keep our mountain air clean and healthy! "Turn Your Key--Be Idle Free" Reducing your idling by just 2 minutes a day, saves gas, keeps dangerous particulates out of our air and reduces carbon emissions which will help Summit County meet its Climate Action Plan.  Please reduce idling your vehicle and encourage others to reduce their idling times. Idling a typical vehicle for longer than ten seconds consumes more fuel than restarting that vehicle.

Air quality on the Wasatch Back was a concern during the summer with smoke from wildfires. But air quality this winter isn’t any worse compared to previous years. 



Instead of waiting in a lobby for an appointment, many establishments are having clients wait in their cars as a COVID-19 mitigation protocol. During the summer people could turn off their cars while waiting, but with below freezing temperatures during the winter, many cars are left idling. 

Utah State Capitol
KPCW Radio

House Bill 148 allows law enforcement to give only one warning before imposing a fine on drivers who leave their engines running, as opposed to the three warnings that state law previously required.

Bill sponsor Rep. Patrice Arent, a Democrat from Millcreek and co-chair of the Legislature’s Clean Air Caucus, said vehicle emissions contribute to almost half of the state’s air quality issues, and HB 148 would help curb that.

Wasatch County Growth In U.S. Top Five

Mar 12, 2018

Wasatch County is the second-fastest growing county in Utah and fourth in the nation, according to the University of Utah Policy Institute.  The growth is largely due to net migration, which means more people are coming into the county than leaving.  County officials face many challenges in keeping up with the pace.  Carolyn Murray has this:

The Swaner EcoCenter and Park City Municipal are hosting a panel discussion that's free to the public.  The event on Tuesday, the 18th is looking at air quality issues around Park City and Summit County.  Rick Brough has more.

Originally aired April 9, 2013.

State environmental officials say that western Summit County is seeing elevated levels of ozone--and the county could be designated as a problem area if federal pollution standards change.    But they told the Summit County Council Wednesday that there is no particular new law or program they can adopt as a cure.   Rick Brough has more.