SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - When you're in it it looks like a heavy fog, but when you're above it Salt Lake's inversion problem is hard to ignore. That's why one local woman is petitioning Governor Herbert to take steps to correct the pollution problem.
"We have a serious health problem in our state and the first concern of the government should be to protect the people in the state," said McCloy.
Margie knows about the health effects first hand; the avid skier and yoga enthusiast thought she was in perfect shape until one day when she began experiencing shortness of breath.
"My doctor told me that my lungs look like the lungs of a heavy smoker even though I've never smoked in my life," explained McCloy.
McCloy's petition has been up less than a week and a half and already has close to 6,000 signatures. Bruce Ewert is among those.
"We've been in the red zone for 3/4s of the days this year so far," said Ewert. "This is two days after a storm and you can't even see across the valley again."
What both Bruce and Margie are asking for are small changes at first like reducing speeds on red air days to 55 and cracking down on already existing laws.
McCloy said, "Strengthening and enforcing the idling law that's already on the books and also starting a public campaign to educate people about the importance of reducing idling."
Ewert said, "The big thing you need to do us crack down. If they don't do it, the Feds are going to do it. I wish the Feds would come in and do it."
Both realize it's going to take a big shift, but if enough people are begin it, McCloy and Ewert think a difference can be made.
McCloy said, "You don't just give up on all the people that live in your state because they don't want to not drive."
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