State regulators say Utah missed a deadline to submit pollution-fighting plans by Friday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Officials say they concluded Utah’s plans would do little to reduce air pollution along the urban corridor anchored by Salt Lake City. The regulators say they are scrapping the plans to start over on tougher measures.
Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon says in spite of this Cache County is being forced to implement an emissions testing program.
“That’s what makes it even more frustrating for us. We’re almost at the standard,” Lemon says. “In fact, if we keep having the weather patterns that we have we can meet the standard without having an emissions testing program, just with the existing control measures, yet they’re forcing us to try to do an emissions testing program while they’re giving those other counties an extension.”
Lemon says unlike the rest of the state Cache County has been told it could lose highway funds if it does not come up with an emissions testing program.