Redd: emissions testing is small but important part of solution

The haze from an inversion hangs over downtown Salt Lake City Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. As Utah's air quality worsens, state regulators are working a set of plans to limit everyday emissions, from banning the sale of aerosol deodorants and hair spray to prohibiting wood burning in fireplaces more often during the year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Dr. Ed Redd will have added a new title when he begins his work as a state representative on Monday. After having his own medical practice, then working for the Bear River Health Department and Bear River Mental Health, he will add the name State Representative in District 4.

On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Thursday, Redd said he is pleased with his committee assignments which seem to be in his field: health and human services, mental health and law enforcement.

Redd has been deeply involved in research that might help end the local winter inversions and hopes to do more in the future. Redd said he is pleased that Cache County decided to go with an emissions control program.

“We’ll have problems, even with emissions inspections, during inversions like we’ve got right now,” Redd said. “The air quality will still not be great. It will be a little bit less severe than it is but it will still be poor with emissions inspection testing.

“So people that somehow believe that emissions inspection is the solution to the problem, it is a very small but important part of the solution.”

Redd said people should also try to walk, ride a bike, and ride the bus more and when inversions are bad he encouraged people to stay indoors as much as possible.

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