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Utah Clean Air Plan|Inadequate, Says EPA

WASHINGTON (CN) - Utah's plan to maintain the national ambient air quality standards established by the Clean Air Act is "substantially inadequate" to meet that goal, according to the Environmental Protect Agency.

The agency says that a provision of the Utah plan that exempts emissions during an "unavoidable breakdown" undermines the agency's and the state's ability to keep Utah's air clean.

Utah officials have 18 months to revise their state implementation plan to remove the offending provision. If the state does not meet the 18 month deadline, the EPA can impose its own implementation plan and restrict federal highway funds until the state complies with the EPA's plan.

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