Utah's Air Quality History

The history of air quality in Utah is a long and storied one, characterized by both significant progress and enduring opportunities for further improvement. From the coal and other industrial pollutants that became a major issue after the 1880s to the emissions of automobiles after World War II, air pollution has been a significant force in Utah for the entire period of its statehood. Still, important strides in local, state and federal policy, often spurred by the activism of civic organizations, have led to substantial reductions in air pollution over the years.  Explore the many complex and interesting episodes in Utah’s air quality history in the sections below.

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