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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.

Clearing the Air: Industry's Contribution

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Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune
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Thursday, it’s another installment in our "Clearing the Air" series and we’re talking about industry’s contribution to Utah's dirty air. There's a lot of debate about exactly how responsible industries like Kennecott Utah Copper and the area’s oil refineries are for our air pollution. Are they 11-percent of the problem? Thirty-percent? The industrial sector’s emissions have been regulated for decades, so what have they done to clean up their acts in that time? And what more can they be expected to do?

In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper is an underwriter of KUER and a sponsor of RadioWest and the Utah Film Center's "Through the Lens" series. KUER's dealings with Rio Tinto are handled by its development office, independent of KUER's editorial department and RadioWest.

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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.