January 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Eccles Health Sciences Library, Lower Level
In order to facilitate increased international cargo exchanges on the Western seaboard, the state of Utah passed a bill to host an inland port in Salt Lake City, situated to the west of SLC International airport. Controversy and debate surrounding the port have increased as healthcare professionals, environmental scientists and local concerned residents have considered its consequences. Hosting the port would increase vehicle traffic to the area which poses greater risks for the local ecology and the already poor air quality in the valley. The inland port exacerbates current issues of environmental devastation and health risks influenced by unclean air. The City of Salt Lake has filed a suit against the state of Utah for neglecting to obtain the city’s approval for the port’s bill prior to its signing. Local courts have recently ruled against the city. The information session will explore the extent of the environmental and community health concerns created by the port while also describing current efforts to mitigate the negative outcomes.
The Eccles Health Sciences Library will be hosting a community discussion forum on the proposed Salt Lake City Inland Port and what health and environmental effects we can expect. The session will be facilitated by Deeda Seed, Senior Utah Field Campaigner at Center for Biological Diversity, and Jonny Vasic, Executive Director for the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment.