Mayor Ralph Becker spoke, who recently gave his State of the City address (which was focused on air quality) and said "we need state level authority to step in" and help clean up the problem. He also urged citizens to be civil when reaching out to the local representatives. Other politicians in attendance were state Sen. Jim Dabakis (D-Salt Lake City) and Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Salt Lake City). Hopefully people are sending these guys the support they need in a hostile local legislature.
Other groups present include Utah Moms for Clean Air, Athletes for Clean Air, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, CleanAirNow, and others.
Cherise Udell of Utah Moms for Clean Air read of a list of measures they're looking for from the legislature, including subsidies to make public transit more affordable, the expansion of mass transit routes, a 10-year moritorium on new freeway construction, and stricter limits on industrial pollution. Those singled out for scorn included Rio Tinto, ATK, Hill Air Force Base, Geneva Rock, and Stericycle (which has been in the news lately). (I'll have more on all these guys in the days to come.)
The plan they propose sounds sensible, and we'll go more into the details in the coming days.
The Legislature starts work today and will be at the capitol through March; if you're interested in helping to make a change, contact your local politician through these links (Senate or Representative).