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Utah group requests air-quality study

As air quality grows as a concern for many across the country, some advocate groups are pushing back against new industry until environmental impact can be determined. Some residents in Sevier County are asking state regulators to monitor the area's air pollution levels before finalizing a permit for a new power plant in Sigard, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The proposed gas-fire electric plant is predicted to produce an estimated 977 tons of pollution each year. However, groups are questioning the accuracy of this prediction, remaining adamant about monitoring the region's air quality before and after the plant's installation to determine its exact impact.

"If they do not choose to do an actual study of the air here, we may be forced to challenge the permit," Dick Cumiskey, president of Sevier Citizens for Clean Air and Water, told the news source.

Area residents concerned about the negative health effects of a nearby plant may want to consider investing in a home air purifier. Units such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can remove soot, pollution and other everyday toxins that can make their way into the average house.