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Airshed group to meet on April 12 | Preston Citizen

Airshed group to meet on April 12

March 30, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL

Assistant editor

A 16-member Cache Valley Airshed Advisory Group met for the first time last week and was given information by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Melissa Gibbs, DEQ airshed coordinator, said an open discussion was held with the group and the process was started to identify possible control measures to help clean the air on the Idaho side of Cache Valley.

A second meeting for the group has been scheduled on April 12. Gibbs told The Preston Citizen she has not set an agenda yet for that meeting. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the Larsen-Sant Library, she added.

The local group was formed last month and will help the state agency develop an air-quality improvement plan known as a State Implementation Plan.

The SIP is aimed at helping the area attain compliance with federal clean air quality standards.

The meetings are always open for the public to attend, according to Gibbs.

Cache Valley experiences poor air quality events during stagnant winter-time conditions due to temperature inversions that trap pollution. she explained. “As a result, pollution in the valley sometimes exceeds federal health-based air quality standards.”

For more information, contact Gibbs at (208) 236-6160 or melissa.gibbs@deq.idaho.gov


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