SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) -From encouraging carpooling to prohibiting wood burning, Utah regulators say everything must be on the table to get rid of the junk in our air. One idea being considered is banning the sale of aerosol deodorants and hair spray.
“What would you do? Then I'd have to stay in the house all the time when the wind blows,” said Zona Larsen, a Utah resident who uses the sprays.
Utah has to improve its air quality or risk losing its federal highway funds. A spokesperson for Utah Division of Air Quality says the state is 90 percent there, but has more work to do to meet the Clean Air Act standards by the 2014 deadline.
Last month, state regulators okayed several new rules to clean up the air. Now, Tooele, Box Elder and Cache counties will be included in the mandatory no wood burning days. Also, for the first time vehicle emissions tests are required in Cache County.
Simple steps, to clear up a complicated problem, but not everyone is convinced it'll work.
“I don't think it'll make any difference, when I first came to Salt Lake it was like this,” said Larsen. “It seems like it's the same since I moved here in 1948.”
An aerosol ban is just an idea at this point. State regulators are hoping to have a set plan for the EPA by August.