PRESS STATEMENT April 19, 2017
UPHE STATEMENT ON CHEVRON’S COMMITMENT TO PRODUCE LOW-SULFUR FUELS
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE) congratulates Chevron for making a commitment to produce and sell Tier 3 fuels in Utah by the end of 2019 and recognizes Governor Herbert’s support for this move. If other refineries make the same commitment, we believe there will be a noticeable improvement in our air quality, and a measurable reduction in the many health consequences of air pollution.
Just this week the American Lung Association ranked the Salt Lake metro area as the 20th worst urban area for ozone pollution. Ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent and has been proven to cause lung damage and increase a person’s risk for heart attacks, strokes, and premature death. Short-term ozone has also been linked to impaired fetal development and poor pregnancy outcomes which can have life-long adverse health consequences.
UPHE calls on other refiners to follow Chevron’s lead, and do what’s right for our community in reducing air pollution in the state, particularly considering the growing population in the Wasatch Front.