August Digest: Vote, Volunteer, & Stay Vocal

Happy August,

Can you believe that the 2019 legislative session is only 5 months away?! In July, we had a staff retreat to talk about what’s on the horizon to advance clean air and clean energy policy during the 2019 session and lay out our ultimate goals. Keep an eye out for community nights and citizen lobby trainings throughout the fall so you can prep for the session and have your voice heard.

Upcoming Events

Register to vote

Come by the Patagonia Outlet in Salt Lake City on Saturday, August 11th from 12 PM – 4 PM to get registered to vote. We will be there all afternoon registering people, talking about our current campaigns, and giving away our CLEAN AIR NOW yard signs.

Stop by & bring your friends

Summer markets & festivals

Summer is almost over but our summer tabling isn’t and we need your help! Tabling with us is a great way to enjoy a day in a community, learn more about HEAL, and educate others. If you’re not on our volunteer list yet, sign up here.

Sign up to table with us

In Case You Missed It

Cartoon: Katauskes via Greens MPs on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND)

A disaster for Utah

Our Policy Associate Jessica Reimer sat down with our other Policy Associate Michael Shea to talk about depleted uranium in one of our recent HEAL Utah Podcasts. Listen for an in-depth look at why there is nothing “depleted” about it and how Utah’s actions on depleted uranium today are a reflection of our values about tomorrow.

Listen now

HEAL on the evening news

In July, a truck carrying radioactive dirt caught fire in Grantsville. Luckily, the radioactive material wasn’t exposed…this time. We went on the evening news to explain how this is a perfect example of the dangers of transporting radioactive material and we highlighted issues like Yucca Mountain, small modular reactors (we also spoke with the Salt Lake Tribune about these recently), and depleted uranium.

Watch the clip

Questions on the inland port?

In the last few months, you’ve probably heard “inland port” in the news, from lawmakers and advocacy groups, and with friends. If you aren’t sure what the inland port is, it’s okay — you’re not alone! After getting questions from our supporters, we hosted a Facebook Livestream to answer these questions and to explain what the inland port is and what the hubbub is all about.

Get the scoop

Campaign Quickies

Clean air

  • Working with stakeholders, including Representative Briscoe and the Utah Transit Authority, to develop legislation for a Free Fare Day program. We presented our ideas for the legislation to the Clean Air Caucus. Watch the presentation here.
  • Continuing to work with air quality experts to submit technical comments on the PM2.5 Serious State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Salt Lake Valley, which currently does not meet federal health standards for small particulate matter (PM2.5). The SIP is a federally-mandated plan that the state is developing to reduce PM2.5 emissions and improve our air quality. There will be opportunities for public comment in the fall, so stay tuned!

Nuclear waste

  • Collecting signatures and comments asking Governor Herbert to block depleted uranium — a type of nuclear waste that becomes more radioactive over time — from coming to Utah. Look for us at community events to sign a postcard. Learn more about depleted uranium here or on our podcast.
  • Meeting with local city councils and power managers throughout Utah to discuss small modular reactors (SMRs) and speaking with reporters about Yucca Mountain. Learn more about both of these issues on our blog and in the Salt Lake Tribune article that our Senior Policy Associate, Michael Shea, appeared in.

Renewable energy

  • Educating the public about their rooftop solar options by promoting the state’s new website, which covers solar general information, rates, and warning signs to avoid any scams. Check it out!
  • Starting to collaborate with other advocacy groups about priority bills for the 2019 session, including finding bill sponsors and developing strategies to get our legislation through.

Climate change

  • Moving conversations about the climate change resolution (HCR 007) forward to the next phase and seeing how it can apply to legislation in the 2019 session.

 

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