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Governor declares May ‘Clean Air Month’

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Posted at 5:58 PM, May 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-03 00:26:57-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Dirty air has become one of Utah's biggest public health concerns, and Governor Herbert is working to combat the problem.

At a press conference on Thursday, Herbert declared May Clean Air Month. He focused on what can be done to reduce the biggest clean air problem in the summer months: ozone.

Utah's bad air is most obvious in the winter when pollution gets trapped by inversions, but the summer pollution is just as bad, even if  you can't see it.

To help out, residents can get  environmentally friendly lawn mowers or weed trimmers, clean gas cans and paints with low volatile organic compounds.

"We all do our own home repair work. Buy a better quality paint that has less emissions. Who knew? It's something we're all learning together about and if we all do a little bit we'll all help the air quality a lot," Herbert said.

Experts say that making those changes may seem small, but if a lot of people make them, it means a big difference.