Let's talk about clean air.

Representative Steve Handy talking about clean air on capital steps

Every Utahn should be and is concerned about air quality and they should be. Dirty air affects our health and our economy. While Utah’s notorious inversions have always been with us they can be worse today because of our increased population. 50% of our pollution comes from vehicles so the introduction of cleaner Tier III gasoline will make a huge difference. Visit www.epa.gov to find out more about Tier III gasoline.

While Utah’s air is cleaner now than it has been for 20 years, we must remain diligent and do our part. Everyone has a responsibility to maintain their vehicles, curtail idling, and use mass transit when practical and especially on bad air days.

In responding to constituent concerns, Rep. Handy has sponsored and championed Clean-Air Legislation and Appropriations. In 2021 and 2022, he assisted Salt Lake County with procuring funding for air quality monitors attached to TRAX Trains and UTA electric buses. He is a Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Clean Air Caucus and a Board Member of Utah Clean Cities.

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Legislative History

  • 2014-2017—Clean Fuel School Buses

    Resulted in a $7 million appropriation from the Volkswagen Settlement and resulted in over 100 new, less polluting school buses.

  • 2015 Natural Gas Heavy Duty Vehicle Amendments

  • 2016-2017 Electric Vehicle Tax Credits

  • 2018-2020 Freight Locomotive Mitigation

  • 2019-Renewable Natural Gas Amendments

  • 2019 Community Renewable Energy Amendments

  • Proposed for 2021—Concurrent Resolution Encouraging Statewide CO2 and Emissions Reduction Goals

    Resolution Calling for a reduction in criteria pollutant air emissions 50% below 2017 levels by 2050 and reduction of CO2 emissions statewide 25% below 2005 levels by 2024 and 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

  • World Premier Air Quality Lab

    Bill calling for a feasibility study for a world-class, premier air quality lab and facility to improve the scientific study of air pollution and propose solutions.


Recipient, Clean Cities Utah, Champion for Utah Children, Clean Fuel School Buses, 2018

Recipient, Clean Cities Utah, Legislative Leadership Award, 2015

Helpful Links

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