|Smog over the Salt Lake Valley @ 7:20 AM on Wednesday 13 November 2013|
|Source: Utah Division of Air Quality|
Nevertheless, during the entire event we remained in the "unrestricted" category for air quality action. If you watched the news, you probably heard that you were good to go for using wood-burning stoves and fire places. I don't know about you, but I noticed the smell of smoke on at least a couple of occasions last week.
At issue is this: why not at least encourage the voluntary decision to not use wood and coal-burning stoves and fireplaces and take mass transit even during these moderate air quality events? I don't see this as a mandate, but simply an effort to encourage citizens to consider taking mass transit and avoid wood burning. What is the harm in that?
There is no single silver bullet to solve our air quality challenges, but a more proactive system to encourage voluntary actions to reduce emissions would help.