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Deborah S., UT

My daughter is going to school in Utah, and we visit her there frequently. The air pollution in the Utah Valley is palpable. A brown layer of smog covers the valley, and is especially prominent in the colder months. Air pollution is present even in the remote mountainous regions of the state.

My daughter is an active girl. Whether she is hiking, running, horseback riding, or playing volley ball; she is exercising hard and breathing hard. Like many other children, my daughter has asthma. I worry that the government is not doing enough to address this pervasive air pollution. I support strengthening the air quality standards for ozone and soot to protect children's health.

First published: December 13, 2012

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