Target: Utah Governor, Gary Herbert
Goal: Enact laws to help stop the decline in air quality in Utah.
Utah’s air quality is becoming worse and Salt Lake City is now the 7th-most polluted city in the United States for short-term particle pollution, and we need to take action if we don’t want it to get worse.
The “State of the Air 2015,” a report released by the American Lung Association, gave some disturbing details that will affect all citizens in Utah and should be a wake up call for all American citizens. The report found that Salt Lake City has had more unhealthy days of high ozone (smog) than last year, putting everyone, particularly those with asthma and other lung problems, at greater risk of health problems down the road. Researches have studied the effects of the high ozone and have found that when it is inhaled, it can cause coughing, wheezing, asthma attacks, and even premature death.
In order to combat these problems, the American Lung Association is calling on Utah’s government to strengthen it’s outdated ozone standards, adopt a strong Clean Power Plan, and enforce the Clean Air Act to its entirety. Currently, some states can “opt out” of the Clean Air Acts standards, and this should not be allowed because it puts citizens at risk.
We shouldn’t stand for allowing air to become dangerous to inhale when we have the funds the reverse the effects of air pollution. Please sign the petition below to urge Utah’s governor to take action and reverse Utah’s worsening air quality.
Dear Governor Gary Herbert,
The American Lung Association recently released a report that should be a wake up call for the citizens of Utah. Salt Lake City had more days of smog than last year and Utah’s air quality in general is getting worse and worse, and is now ranked as the 7th most polluted city in the United States.
This is deeply troubling. Researchers have found that the city has also had an increase in year-round particle pollution levels. Breathing in this dangerous air can lead to coughing, wheezing, asthma attacks, and even premature death.
The health of Utah’s citizens should not be jeopardized. We can reverse these effects by strengthening Utah’s outdated ozone standards, adopting a strong Clean Power Plan, and enforcing the Clean Air Act to its full entirety.
Taking these steps can help reverse the effects of Utah’s poor air quality and allow its citizens to live healthier lives. Please take this issue seriously and stop air pollution in its tracks.
[Your Name Here]
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