BY REBECCA PALMER
Clipper Staff Writer
NORTH SALT LAKE – Gravel pits around Utah could be causing illegal amounts of air pollution, but because of case management problems within the Utah Division of Air Quality and a lack of enforcement, the public may never know.
The division needs to improve case management, timeliness and documentation, according to results of a legislative audit, made public July 8.
The division’s compliance branch has enforced in-process permits rather than approved ones, because the officers’ philosophy has been that the permit process takes too long and businesses shouldn’t be punished for that.
“However, enforcing an in-process permit undermines the regulatory effect of the approved permit,” the audit report reads.
Auditors also discovered that records about the permitting have been lost.
“All conditions of each air quality permit have not always been enforced, which raises concern,” the audit states.
There are about 200 sand and gravel pits in Utah, and 80 are full-time, permanent sites. Five major sites in Davis County С the Staker & Parson Company one in South Weber and another in North Salt Lake, Lakeview Rock Products, Inc. in North Salt Lake, and Craythorne Inc. Pits in Syracuse and Layton С were not among the pits found to be exceeding their permits.
The division responded with promises to change.