HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES • DISTRICT 16 • REPUBLICAN
© 2018 Stephen G. Handy • Paid for by friends of Steve Handy.
Make no mistake, this is a complex issue and along the Wasatch Front, our geography makes our notorious winter inversions even worse!
And with a growing population, everyone must do their part. Government also plays a critical role
Because this is an issue that affects everyone, I’ve focused much of my legislative efforts on incentivizing cleaner vehicles and removing barriers for the production of alternative energy sources.
There’s no magic bullet and you may be surprised to know that our air is cleaner today than it has been since 1952. “Old Timers” have told me about our valleys being choked because everyone was burning coal to heat their homes. Thankfully, those days are long gone.
New School Buses from Volkswagen Cheating Scandal
Because of Volkswagen’s emissions shenanigans, Utah will be rewarded some $42 million to mitigate the effects. These funds will be spread among many good projects including clean fuel school buses, clean-fuel light duty trucks and electric vehicle infrastructure.
I’m proud that my multi-year effort to remove old diesel buses has resulted in 115 new, clean fuel school buses that are currently in operation. Utah’s school children deserve to ride in buses that don’t pollute!
Air Quality Scientists
In 2018, I was pleased to obtain appropriations for two additional scientists in the Division of Air Quality to study atmospheric conditions and EPA compliance.
To follow Utah’s efforts at clean air and to obtain ideas go to:
Utah Division of Air Quality https://deq.utah.gov/division-air-quality
Utah Clean Air https://www.ucair.org/
Breath Utah https://www.breatheutah.org/
Recipient, Clean Cities Utah, Champion for Utah Children,
Clean Fuel School Buses, 2018
Recipient, Clean Cities Utah, Legislative Leadership Award, 2015