When one thinks of the West they typically imagine mountains, trees and no pollution. However, Salt Lake City has become one of the worst places in America to breath the air according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA’s air quality monitoring site, Airnow.gov, named Salt Lake City as the worst in the nation on Tuesday, February 1, 2017 and is expected to do so again on Wednesday, February 2.
Twin Falls, Idaho also measures poorly on the list, as did Franklin, Idaho.
As a result, Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Weber, Box Elder and Tooele Counties have been forecast as Mandatory Action Day, meaning “solid fuel burning devices must not be used, including fire pits, fire rings, and campfires.”
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) has also advised commuters to carpool and/or consolidate trips when possible.
According to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, there are no advisories in the state concerning air quality.
In 2016, the American Lung Association ranked Salt Lake city as the sixth worst in the nation for air quality which graded U.S. counties and metropolitan areas based on the number of days that they exceed the EPA’s health-based standards for ozone and particulate pollution.
Salt Lake County received an F grade for both standards in the report. Overall, Utah averaged an F for ozone and a D for particulate pollution.
Logan, Utah ranked seventh on this same report and Missoula, Montana was tenth.