WRA and our air quality advocate friends are appreciating this week the recent news that Kennecott Copper has abandoned its plans to construct a polluting new rock crusher plant as part of the mine's overall expansion effort. As a result, Western Resource Advocates, representing Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment (Utah Physicians) and FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake are announcing today a dismissal of our challenge to the state's authorizing construction of the plant. The rock crusher plant would have added an estimated 33 tons of PM2.5 (fine particulate matter) and 267 tons of PM10 (coarse particulate matter) emissions per year to Salt Lake City's already smoggy air, where wintertime concentrations of particulate matter often exceed heath-based national standards at alarming rates. This is a win in the ongoing efforts to address the region's persistent air quality problems. For more
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