It's hard to argue there isn't a problem, but the solution to cleaning up
Senator Gene Davis thought he had the answer with SB 164.
"It repeals a part of the environmental protection act from 24-25 years ago,” explained Sen. Davis.
The bill would strike current language that forbids
"It's pretty difficult with the standards that's been set in the law and I think we can see we haven't progressed very rapidly in doing a lot of clean air issues and other environmental issues in the state of Utah because it's very easy to dodge behind this law,” said Sen. Davis.
Pacenza says it's time to stop tying our regulators hands. "We heard over and over again whenever a good idea like that comes up it sort of gets squashed because people point to that current state law and they say oh, you can't be stricter than the EPA.”
Members of the Wasatch Clean Air Coalition, Mothers for Clean Air and Clean Air Now also spoke before the committee, but their concerns seemed to be drowned out by representatives of the state’s Mining Association, the Petroleum Association and
James Holtkamp, Chairman of the Utah Manufacturer’s Association told the committee, "As long as there is a benefit to public health and the environment in the state of
Pacenza told ABC 4 Utah, "Unfortunately the conversation was dominated by industry that doesn't like stricter rules and the senators chose not to act."
The bill wasn't tabled, it just wasn't voted on. Sen. Davis hopes to get another crack at it this legislative session.
"What they've asked me to do is to go back and find a way to make it palatable to all sides,” said Sen. Davis.