Air Pollution Not Just for Cities Anymore


When you think of air pollution, you probably think of a big city on a hot summer day, with cars sitting on a freeway spewing out emissions.

You probably don’t think of rural northeastern Utah, an area at the foot of the Rocky Mountains with a population density in the single digits.

And yet, this area is indeed facing some serious air pollution problems. It’s struggling to reduce its levels of ozone, which can worsen asthma and other breathing problems, to get those levels below the EPA’s new tougher standards.

For this week’s episode of Parts Per Billion, our biweekly environmental policy podcast, we find out what exactly is going on here by chatting with Patrick Ambrosio, Bloomberg BNA’s air pollution reporter.