SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- Utah is one of the fastest growing states in the nation. In fact, by 2050, the projected population along the Wasatch Front is expected to increase by 1.5 million.

For most of the year, Utah’s air quality is among the best in the nation.
But during the winter and summer months the inversion can lead to poor air conditions that last weeks at a time.
So if Utah’s population nearly doubles by 2050… how are we going to continue having breathable air? Envision Utah has a plan for now and in the future.

Alan Matheson, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Senior Environmental Policy Adviser to Governor Herbert joined News4Utah in studio to discuss the plan.

He says despite the challenges of rapid growth, Utah’s air is getting cleaner.

Matheson says the state has adopted best practices from other states to improve the air.

“Models show steady improvement over next 10-15 years followed by increases in emissions as population growth overtakes technological and regulatory advancements,” he said. ” We anticipate new technologies will appear and continue the downward trend.”

To continue our path to clean air as we grow, each of us will need to reduce our individual contributions to air pollution, Matheson said.

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