Sickening fog settles over Salt Lake City area

Jan 23, 2013 by Paul Foy

A group of Utah doctors is declaring a health emergency over the Salt Lake City area's lingering air pollution problem.

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment planned to deliver a petition Wednesday demanding immediate action by elected officials.

The group wants Gov. Gary Herbert and mayors of northern Utah cities to cut the pollution.

The doctors suggest lowering highway speed limits, making mass transit free for the winter and curbing industrial activities. They want a permanent ban on wood-burning. And they want large employees to let people work from home.

The doctors are advising people to avoid the outdoors. They say people can help their bodies fight by introducing anti-oxidants in their diet, like or chocolate.

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theplanetmike
3 / 5 (2) Jan 23, 2013
Large employees sound like a whole different problem.
kochevnik
1.8 / 5 (5) Jan 23, 2013
Wouldn't their magical Mormon underwear and religion endorsing sex with daughters when the wives are in absentia would be enough?
VendicarD
3 / 5 (2) Jan 23, 2013
Sex with your daughter will not cure air pollution.

It is only a cure for aids, provided your daughter is a virgin.
alfie_null
5 / 5 (1) Jan 24, 2013
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment planned to deliver a petition Wednesday demanding immediate action by elected officials.

To do what? Stop opening their mouths?

Seriously, is this a recent phenomenon? Like what's going on in Beijing? Unfortunately the EPA AIRNow site isn't working very well right now, so I can't get ozone and particulate readings, but it does show a map with a red blob sitting on top of Salt Lake City.
marble89
not rated yet Jan 24, 2013
Spending a winter in most of the valleys in the interior northern and central western USA is depressing. The physical healh issues are nothing compared to the mental health issues. Day after day, week after week, go by with nothing but cold, haze or fog and low stratus over a dirty snowy ground. As the population booms in areas like Boise, Salt Lake, Grand Junction - pollution has been added to this brew. It gets concentrated and trapped in this muck with no place to go. This is the number one reason businesses choose not to locate in this part of the country