Herbert signs 8 bills to improve UT air quality

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert has signed eight bills designed to clear Utah's murky wintertime skies.

Herbert took the action during a ceremony Friday attended by clean air advocates including some lawmakers who pushed for the legislation.

KTVX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1rvo5JY ) among other things, the new laws will facilitate electrical vehicle charging stations, assist homeowners whose only source of heat is wood burning, provide tax credits for energy efficient vehicles and encourage use of biodiesel fuel.

Rep. Patrice Arent says more clean air bills were passed in the recent session of the Legislature than in her 13 previous sessions combined.

She says there's no one bill that will improve air quality and the Legislature still has "a lot more work to do."

Advocacy groups are disappointed that some bills failed to pass.

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Information from: KTVX-TV, http://www.abc4.com/

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