The Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment presented air quality considerations to the Utah Air Quality Board (AQB) in its February 6, 2019 meeting related to the Utah's inland port approved in last year's legislative session. The Utah Physicians identified sources of fine particulates that are impacting the public's health on the Wasatch Front:
- Diesel engine exhaust
- Vehicle travel
- Upstream oil and gas methane releases
- Power plants
The Utah Physicians, Utah Division of Air Quality, and Wasatch Front Regional Council acknowledged they have limited ability to regulate motor vehicles both off-road and on-road diesel trucks and personal vehicles as the Clean Air Act (CAA) regulates only stationary sources. The Wasatch Front Regional Council administers the transportation conformity portion of the PM2.5 State Implementation Plan (SIP). The region's transportation projections were modeled using EPA's MOVES model in SIP development and it is anticipated that vehicle turnover and Tier 3 gasoline will decrease the impact from vehicles on the region's air quality. Although nothing was decided in this AQB meeting, the Utah Physicians encouraged the Utah AQB to have further regulatory input related to air quality based on future legislature decisions associated with the inland port and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.