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KUER News and RadioWest are bringing you a series of stories and conversations on Utah's air. It's easy to look at the haze on a red air quality day and say that something needs to be done about it. But what? We'll be talking about the roles that individuals, industry and government can play in cleaning up Utah's air quality. We'll also look at what the costs may to be to our economy and our health if we don't.

Brian Moench and the Politics of Air Pollution

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Thursday, we continue our series on Utah’s bad air with this question: why has air quality become such a hot-button issue? There are now four dozen groups advocating for clean air, but the voice of Dr. Brian Moench tends to rise above all the others. He’s been credited with transforming what was once a tree-hugger issue into a serious political concern. He’s also been accused of exaggerating the facts. We’ll talk about the role Moench and others play in the air quality debate and examine the political obstacles they face.

Listen to KUER News reporter Judy Fahys' profile story of Dr. Brian Moench.

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Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.