Target: Salt Lake Valley Health Department, Bureau of Air Pollution Control
Goal: Improve air quality by using more green technology
Salt Lake City’s air pollution is so problematic that doctors are becoming concerned about the health risks for pregnant women and children. Infants and children are reporting more respiratory problems, leaving some parents concerned about whether their children should play outside in the dense smog. While city officials are trying to mitigate the problem by enforcing car emission tests and dust output from businesses, these efforts are not enough to combat the growing pollution problem.
Because Salt Lake City is situated in a valley, inversions occur where dust, pollution, and fog settle in the city, worsening the air quality for residents. Due to the city’s natural predisposition for dense pollution, city officials need to ensure extra precautions are taken to ensure that the air is breathable for citizens.
A recent study conducted by the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment demonstrated that pollution levels are so high that infants are at risk for low birth weight, which can lead to many health problems in the future.
The pollution is so concerning that many residents are asking for Utah to declare a state emergency and immediately shut down industries that cause pollution until the air quality improves. However, this short term solution will not solve the air quality problem in the future. Only investments in greener technologies, such as wind turbines, solar energy, hydroelectricity, and hybrid vehicles will prevent this pollution from worsening over time. Please ask the Bureau of Air Pollution to make a commitment to transitioning to green technology to improve the air quality in northern Utah.
Dear Salt Lake Valley Health Department, Bureau of Air Pollution Control,
The pollution in Salt Lake City is at a detrimental level. Physicians are becoming concerned that pregnant women and children are at risk for respiratory problems because of the smog. A recent study also indicated that pollution may be causing adverse effects to unborn children including low birth weight. The poor air quality in northern Utah is putting the health of citizens at increasing risk.
Many residents are asking for Utah to declare a state emergency and shut down industrial pollution until the air quality improves. However, this solution only addresses the short term pollution, and is not geared at preventing air quality problems in the future.
While your organization has been diligently enforcing emissions testing for vehicles and fugitive dust levels from businesses, a greater investment in green technology is the only way to ensure that air quality will improve in the future. By creating financial incentives for companies that commit to alternative energy, industrial pollution output would decrease. Encouraging local businesses to provide hybrid vehicles for employees would also help reduce emissions.
Since Salt Lake City is situated in a valley where inversions occur, it is especially crucial to create and enforce rigid pollution laws. Please reduce pollution and improve the health of Utah residents by committing to transitioning to green technology.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: inversion city hall via utahmomsforcleanair.org