Already midway through the second week of public hearings and the sentiment hasn’t changed in Utah. Approximately 500 people showed up in Brigham City on Tuesday. Eighty-nine of them were able to comment before time ran out, each one speaking out against the ban. Nineteen specifically called for an exemption for EPA-certified stoves. Several citizens who wanted to comment left because of time constraints, or because the room couldn’t hold everyone.
In Ogden, seventy-five of the approximately 200 people in the room were able to comment, with only two speaking in favor of the ban. Media outlets noted the intensity with which Utahns spoke out against the ban, in defense of their right to burn wood responsibly. See the news coverage and the social media highlights below.