SALT LAKE CITY – High temperatures have prompted the Utah Division of Air Quality to issue mandatory action aimed at curbing pollutants from industrial coating.

The mandate requires all businesses that use 55 gallons or more of solvents per year to use low volatile organic compound products.

The rule is in effect for Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah and Carbon Counties. Businesses from other nearby counties are urged to follow the new rule, but action isn’t required. The rule is already required for large manufacturing operations.

With nearly triple digit temperatures plaguing the area, state air quality officials have asked the public to assist as well. Citizens are being asked to limit their driving and other outdoor exertion.

A study from Princeton University found that high pollution in the area comes largely from Asia, which has tripled its ozone emissions since 1990.

Other than wood manufacturing, industrial coating is common in auto body refinishing, metal manufacturing, and the manufacture of aerospace technology.