NEWS: Utah study: Even slight bump in pollution affects young lungs

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News April 13th, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY — The largest study of its kind tracked more than 100,000 Utah patients and found even a slight uptick in fine particulate pollution triggers childhood lung infections. Researchers at the University of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare and Brigham Young University…

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NEWS: Even brief exposure to air pollution increases risk of flu and other respiratory infections in children, Utah-based study finds

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune April 12th, 2018 Utah’s children are more likely to contract viral respiratory infections such as the flu and RSV after exposure to air pollution during the state’s infamous inversions — but it’s not entirely clear why. According to a new study, Utah patients were more…

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NEWS: Brief exposure to air pollution particles triggers childhood lung infections, study conducted in Utah finds

Fox 13 News and Max Roth Fox 13 News April 13th, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY — A new study indicates that even the briefest exposure to tiny pollution-causing particles is associated with Acute Lower Respiratory Infections in young children in Utah. According to a press release from Intermountain Healthcare, the…

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NEWS: Despite more than a hundred complaints by residents, Utah regulators still struggle to find wood-smoke offenders

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune April 12th, 2018 Holladay resident Nick Smyrniotopoulos has a problem. One of his neighbors has repeatedly reported him for burning trash in violation of state and county air-quality policies — even calling the police and fire department out to his house. But, Smyrniotopoulos says, he’s…

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Spring Events & An Update!

It’s springtime in Utah, and you never know what you’re gonna get! Sun, rain, snow, or an EnergySolutions proposal to bring Depleted Uranium into our state…. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN…… That’s why the HEAL Utah staff is always on alert. Do you want to be informed and involved? Below you’ll find some upcoming events…

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NEWS: Utah regulators say lax Trump EPA rules actually helping air quality

Leia Larsen Standard-Examiner April 9th, 2018 OGDEN — Despite alarms being sounded nationally by environmental advocates, Utah regulators say the Trump administration’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t done much to derail efforts in improving the state’s air quality. This week, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality fielded numerous questions from concerned citizens and reporters…

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NEWS: Utah to get cleaner gasoline by 2019, but will it be enough if Trump rolls back vehicle emissions standards?

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune April 3rd, 2018 Utah officials celebrated a groundbreaking Tuesday for Utah’s first Tier 3-compliant oil refinery, but the event highlighting cleaner fuels was overshadowed by concerns over a Trump administration proposal to roll back U.S. emissions standards for new vehicles. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, the…

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NEWS: RADIOACTIVE: MARCH 28, 2018

Lara Jones KRCL March 29th, 2018 Richard Jaramillo, president of the Utah Coalition of La Raza, which opposes the reinstatement of a citizenship question for the 2020 U.S. Census. LGBTQ Off the Grid: A partnership between Utah Public Radio and Changing Our Stories podcast, the four-part original series explores the far…

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OP-ED: Guest opinion: Good clean air progress; more needs to be done

Rep Steve Handy UtahPolicy.com March 19th, 2018 When I began my legislative service, I asked one of the senior legislators how he thought I could make a difference? His answer, “Just listen to your constituents, they’ll tell you what to do.” So I have listened and what I continually hear,…

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