Photo courtesy Southern Utah Air Quality Task Force
(St. George, UT) - On September 21st, the Southern Utah Air Quality Task Force is hosting the 3rd Annual Air Quality Summit at the Washington City Community Center. With the public encouraged to attend, this year’s summit will focus on transportation issues affecting local citizens, industry, business, government and tourism. Southern Utah is known for its blue skies and clean air and so the City of St. George along with the Air Quality Task Force, are being proactive in order to maintain our air quality. The Air Quality Task Force was formed in 2006 and just one year later an Air Quality Ordinance was passed. Currently the task force has been working on getting another air quality monitor to measure the air coming into the area. We want to also understand what we are contributing to the air quality before it leaves Washington County. With over 50% of our air pollution coming from motor vehicles, transportation is a relevant topic for the summit to address. We’ve gathered a handful of people from all different sectors of the transportation industry in order to highlight the positive things that people are doing to reduce their contribution to air pollution, as well as the things that we could be doing in the future to improve these concerns.
This year’s keynote speakers will be Erin Mendenhall with Breath Utah and Kim Manwill with the Utah Department of Transportation. The summit will also have presentations by experts in the following fields:
• Performance and Emission Reductions by Utah Trucking Association
• Success stories using alternative fuels and solutions to transportation challenges
• Question & Answer panel moderated by Kate Dalley from Fox News 93.1 FM. Panel members include: Jimmy Andrus Utah Trucking Association, Derrick Pack Western Rock Products, Mike Shaw Washington City Fleet Management, Steven Packham DAQ Toxicologist, Dave McNeil Division of Air Quality, Curt Hutchings 5 County Association of Governments, Launi Schmutz Washington County School District Transportation, Larry Bulloch St. George Public Works.
As part of the Summit Mayor Dan McArthur will read a Proclamation designating September 16-22 as Air Quality Awareness Week.