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Air quality board asks for veto on outdoor cooking bill

Postby Wilberforce » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:33 pm

Air quality board asks for veto on outdoor cooking bill
By Amy Joi O'Donoghue@amyjoi16
Published: March 6, 2017 10:25 a.m.
Updated: yesterday

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Air Quality Board wants Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a legislative measure that would exempt outdoor cooking from restrictions on bad air days, asserting it interferes with enforcement of wood burning at a time when it is looking to cut pollution wherever it can.

"HB65 will make existing rules surrounding solid-fuel burning difficult or impossible to enforce. For example, enforcement of solid-fuel burning during a no-burn period could be circumvented by individuals claiming to be warming a can of beans," the board said in a letter to Herbert.

The board discussed concerns over the measure in a regularly scheduled meeting last Wednesday and then convened in a teleconference Friday to vote on sending the letter to Herbert. They were in unanimous agreement.

The letter was delivered to Herbert's office late Friday.

“No one is interested in banning backyard barbeques, but as a state we need flexibility in implementing cost-effective methods to improve our air quality," said Herbert's spokesman, Paul Edwards. "We have concerns that the language of this bill may be overbroad in ways that would unwisely tie our hands with regard to potential common-sense solutions.”

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, says the burning of solid fuel for cooking is allowed during local emergencies, power outages or if the primary purpose is cooking, even on bad air days when the state issues restrictions.

Schultz said his bill, which awaits the governor's signature, simply puts into law existing exemptions covered by the Utah Division of Air Quality's own rules.

Board members, however, say the bill prevents them from acting in the future to make "sensible and science-based rules" to address solid-fuel burning associated with cooking.

"Solid-fuel burning restrictions are one of the few emission-reduction strategies that the state can implement in response to poor air quality conditions. Furthermore, current burning restrictions are highly targeted — affecting only nonattainment areas and only on days with a poor air quality forecast," the letter reads.

The state is facing a reclassification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the areas where it is out of compliance with the federal threshold for fine particulate pollution, or PM2.5, which means regulators are going to have to come up with new ways to reduce emissions.
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"The EPA-mandated emission reductions must come from somewhere. Removing solid-fuel burning sources from consideration means that other emission sources must absorb the costs of making additional reductions," according to the letter. "Point sources, for example, that have already made significant emission reductions now may face the need to make additional reductions."

Advocates have also urged Herbert to veto the bill.

"It's critical that Gov. Herbert listen carefully to the very board he appointed," said Matt Pacenza, HEAL Utah's executive director. "Who do we want making air quality policy in this state: an independent panel of experts from local government, universities and industry, or a BBQ company that cares only about its profits?"

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• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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Re: Air quality board asks for veto on outdoor cooking bill

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:56 pm

Governor signs outdoor cooking bill into law
By Amy Joi O'Donoghue@amyjoi16
Published: March 28, 2017 5:30 p.m.
Updated: 15 hours ago

SALT LAKE CITY — Much to the dismay of clean-air advocates and contrary to the desire of the State Air Quality Board, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law allowing outdoor cooking, commercial or otherwise, on bad air days.

HB65 by Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, put into law existing regulations, but was seen as an impediment for regulators to take future action to curtail emissions from that particular source.

"It’s baffling that Gov. Herbert ignored the advice of the diverse panel of air quality experts he appointed,” said Ashley Soltysiak, HEAL Utah’s policy director. Herbert signed the bill late Friday.

The nonprofit activist organization accused the governor of succumbing to pressure from outdoor grill manufacturers instead of leaving open the option of new regulations to help clean up Utah's air.

But Paul Edwards, Herbert's deputy chief of staff, said Schultz has agreed to address potential concerns.

"HB65 does not alter current practice and the sponsor has agreed to make technical fixes for the elements in the legislation that were potentially overbroad," Edwards said.

Advocates insist that the law fosters dangerous wood smoke emissions at a time when the state should be looking to crack down on the practice of solid fuel burning.

Members of the Utah Air Quality Board unanimously asked Herbert to veto the bill in a letter delivered to him the final week of the session.

In the letter, the board said the outdoor cooking bill, if signed into law, would adversely impact the state's ability to meet federal clean-air requirements.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has to come up with a new plan to meet the federal threshold for PM2.5, or fine particulate matter, that is trapped in the valleys during temperature inversions in the winter.

Removing the option of regulating wood smoke makes it that much tougher to come up with effective reductions, the board argued.

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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8656 ... o-law.html
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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