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Park Air in Trouble

Park Air in Trouble
August 18
09:57 2015

Three of Utah’s “Mighty 5” national parks are barely passing air quality tests.Zion_National_Park_east_entrance_sign-20070724

Zion National Park is ranked worst, followed by Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon.  All received D’s in two of three clean air categories, as determined by the National Parks Conservation Association.

Scenic views at Zion are reduced by an average of 46 miles.

Canyonlands and Arches national parks were accorded C grades in tests of ozone, visibility, and the effects of climate change.

Grades are based on the number of days when air is unhealthy, average miles of visibility lost to pollution haze, and the frequency of weather deviating from historical norms.

All five parks share their airshed with coal-fired power plants in Huntington and Hunter near Price.  Neither has installed the latest emission-cleaning technology.

 

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