High school students put pressure on Logan City to improve air quality

Some young people are putting pressure on members of the Logan Municipal Council to do more about improving local air quality. At Tuesday night’s council meeting Peter Daniels of Logan High School’s Environmental Action Force said his group wants the council to re-instate the $2 vehicle registration fee to pay for emissions testing.Daniels said local high schools have been involved in a program that they hope will help improve air quality.”This program was to increase carpooling and decrease individual driving to school as much as possible,” Daniels explained. “It was incredibly successful. “Average of over all the high schools in Cache Valley, there was a 19% reduction in cars driving individually driving to the parking lot. At Preston High, which won both years, the reduction was over 30%.”Councilmember Laraine Swenson, who was out of town Tuesday night, told the group by speaker phone that the council has aready voted for emissions testing. She commended members of the group for their efforts.The Bear River Health Department issued a Red Air Alert for Wednesday, March 2. During Red Air days, the health department encourages people to avoid heavy or prolonged activity outside where they breathe harder than normal and protect their health. Wood burning is prohibited and drivers are strongly encouraged to consolidate their trips as much as possible and stay off the roads.

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