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Massive rally set for Saturday on clean air

Thousands of people are expected to converge into downtown Salt Lake City Saturday for a clean air rally.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 UTAH) - Thousands of people are expected to converge into downtown Salt Lake City Saturday for a clean air rally. 

Emily Hall says she is sick of the bad air, "It gets thick at the end of the day. I don't like it."

She's not alone. Many organizations feel the same way.

"We are taking our air quality seriously and we want out legislators to take our quality just as serious as we do," said Carl Ingwell with Clean Air Now. 

Days before legislation is set to begin at the state capital, thousands will meet at the UTA Trax Station in Temple Square for a march on capitol hill.

"People are getting really angry about this and I'd like to see people turn their anger into action," Ingwell added.

The action will begin with a push to promote more funding for Utah Transit Authority.

"We need better mass transit that serves more areas. There are a lot of under represented areas," says Ingwell.

Visitor Delane Sims who was riding UTA Trax said she never knew what pollution was until visiting Salt Lake City.

"When I came here I saw it was a reality because I'm actually having complications," said Sims.

It's complications that are not limited to vehicle pollution but industry as well.

"We would really like to see the state legislator update our building code," said Art Raymond with the Salt Lake City Mayors Office.

The office says the state is running at a 2006 standard building code regulation. If the code is updated many will feel the hit in their pockets. The mayor's office says it's an upfront cost that over time will save tax payers money.

Money that Marcus Gonzales says is working now,"last winter was really bad, this winter isn't, so I do see a small improvement."

It is a small improvement but is it enough?

"We need to come up with solutions that are appropriate for where we live and the problems we're facing in a first grade step that we can make," said Raymond.

UTA is offering Saturday service to get people to the rally. Riders who are taking Trax but cannot participate in the march on Capital Hill will be shuttled there.  The first bus will arrive at Temple Square at 10:45 a.m. and leave by 11:15 a.m. The bus will also pick up passengers at the Ball Park Station Park-n-Ride. 

Utah Moms for Clean Air
 has more information on their website.

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