While I was wrapping up my film on Brigham Street last spring, I was asked by PBS Station KUED to create a documentary on air quality in Utah.
In recent years Salt Lake City has been in the national spotlight for having, at times, the worst air quality in the United States. White most of the year Salt Lake City, and its surrounding communities, experience good air, the winter season brings a tempurature inversion that traps colder air and pollution in the valley. The result is PM2.5 levels that can exceed EPA standards.
The Air We Breathe looks at the causes of these high levels of pollution, the inversion, and the impacts they have on Utah's citizens, businessess and government. The film is narrated by Mark Eubank, a long time television meteorologist in the Salt Lake area.