Dr. Brian Moench told ABC 4 Utah, "There's a broad range of legitimate health concerns for those living in the Salt Lake Valley, particularly those in the south who are exposed to this dust. It's a real, genuine health concern."
Concerns like respiratory disease and autoimmune disorders. Dr. Moench says dust, like any other particulate pollution, can cause the same health consequences that urban smog does.
"The fugitive dust from that operation has several health related risks and they don't seem to be adequately addressed by the people who are investigating at the moment."
One of the investigating bodies is Utah's Department of Air Quality.
The DAQ tells ABC 4 a compliance advisory was issued to Geneva Rock on June 26.
Rusty Ruby, DAQ Compliance Branch Manager said, "The limitation said you can't have over 20% opacity. That's measured by a visible observation on how much light is being blocked."
Geneva Rock says during that time it was extremely windy and they couldn't wet down the side of the mountain that was being hit by the wind. The DAQ is still investigating to see if that's a legitimate excuse, but Dr. Moench says even if Geneva Rock is fined for the violation it's not enough of a response to keep people safe.
"It seems as though everyone involved is concerned about Geneva's rights to mine this rock, but they're not considering the rights of the rest of the community to not be exposed to this," said Dr. Moench.