NEWS: Pruitt seen as boon for utilities hit by EPA haze rule

E&E News Published by Sean Reilly February 14, 2017   Scott Pruitt hadn’t long been Oklahoma’s attorney general in 2011 when he sallied into his first public clash with U.S. EPA. The target: a proposed clampdown on power plant pollution clouding views at wilderness areas in three states. It turned …

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NEWS: Environmental groups want the governor to veto wood-burning bill

Salt Lake Tribune Published by: Emma Penrod February 21, 2017     Clean air activists want Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill that would prevent the state from regulating wood smoke used to cook food. Representatives of both HEAL Utah and Breathe Utah are opposed to HB65, which has …

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NEWS: The politics of pollution in Utah

Fox 13 By: Max Roth February 9, 2017   SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has been successful at reducing the number of red air days during the winter season when high pressure forces air to stagnate in valleys along the Wasatch Front and in the Cache Valley. But red air …

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NEWS: Solar jobs growth hot in Utah, more than twice national average

Deseret News Amy Joi O’Donoghue Published: February 7, 2017   SALT LAKE CITY — A new report shows Utah’s solar industry was sizzling hot last year, adding jobs at more than twice the national rate — growing 65 percent from 2015 to 2016. Nationwide, 1 in every 50 jobs created …

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NEWS: “A move in the right direction” Air-quality proposal breezes through House panel, goes to full House

City Weekly By: Annie Knox Published February 4, 2017   A clean-air proposal with support from the governor is taking aim at a largely unchecked pollutant in northern Utah: diesel fumes. The measure seeks to require emissions tests for cars and trucks that take diesel fuel, and it would apply …

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NEWS: Utah Valley holds first Clean Air Rally

Published by: MCKENNA PARK The Daily Universe FEBRUARY 6, 2017   Utah Valley’s first Clean Air Rally on Saturday, Feb. 5, attracted a crowd of citizens concerned with Utah’s poor air quality. “I just think it’s a super important issue that we should deal with,” said rally attendee Aaron Smith. …

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NEWS: A move in the right direction

By Annie Knox City Weekly Published on February 4, 2017   A clean-air proposal with support from the governor is taking aim at a largely unchecked pollutant in northern Utah: diesel fumes. The measure seeks to require emissions tests for cars and trucks that take diesel fuel, and it would …

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NEWS: Utah solar industry gives up fight over tax credit for rooftop installs

Salt Lake Tribune By: Emma Penrod Published:  February 2, 2017   State lawmakers and officials from Utah’s solar industry have reached an agreement for phasing out tax credits for residents installing rooftop arrays, partly by increasing those incentives while they are still available. Many said they have mixed feelings about …

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NEWS: Environmentalists: Coal ash landfill near Price must be moved

Salt Lake Tribune By: Emma Penrod Published January 23, 2017   Three environmental groups have joined forces to call for Rocky Mountain Power to relocate a landfill which released more than 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash into the Price River last summer. The Sierra Club, HEAL Utah, and Utah …

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NEWS: ‘No safe level of pollution’: Environmental, health advocates discuss air quality

HJNews.com By Clayton Gefre Posted January 18, 2017 In the midst of a winter inversion forcing Cache County’s air quality into unhealthy levels, representatives from groups advocating for improved air quality gathered at Utah State University to spread the word about air pollution’s danger to public health. Dr. Wayne Adams, …

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