Clearing the Air

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Well, it’s back. Again. Bad air is choking northern Utah, and it could be around for a while. But we’re not the only ones who have to deal with toxic air pollution. These days it’s a global problem, and people everywhere are looking for solutions.

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Rolling Stone reporter Paul Solotaroff joined us earlier this month to discuss a perceived spike in infant deaths in Vernal, Utah. He said the oil and gas industry was to blame. His was one side of the story. Tuesday, we'll hear from guests who say Solotaroff missed the mark. While it's agreed air pollution in the Uintah Basin is a problem, county officials and researchers in the region say there's little evidence pointing to an infant mortality epidemic. And, they say, it's wildly speculative to indict industry.

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Donna Young didn’t plan to raise a racket about fracking. She’s a midwife in Vernal, where the oil and gas industry is the economic engine. But in recent years, Young started seeing problems with the babies she delivered. More and more were stillborn, and Young was concerned fracking was to blame. Her suspicions have made her pariah in town. In an article for Rolling Stone, reporter Paul Solotaroff explores Young’s story and the problem of infant deaths in Vernal. He joins us Wednesday to talk about it.