NEWS: Utah fines radioactive waste handler $50K for failure to control dust — but it’s not the dust that worries environmentalists

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 11 January 2018 Some Utah environmentalists have expressed concern about a proposed settlement between state regulators and a hazardous waste disposal site located in Tooele County. The state Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control wants EnergySolutions to pay more than $50,000 in penalties — …

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NEWS: Utah’s air pollution woes unlikely to clear up before 2024, state scientists say

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune January 5, 2018 Even with tougher pollution standards in place, it could be many years before all Utahns are guaranteed clean, healthy air. Scientists working for the state Division of Air Quality say they haven’t yet been able to develop an effective pollution-control plan that …

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LTE: Utah lawmakers need to acknowledge climate change, protect the environment

Debra Marin Standard Examiner DECEMBER 31, 2017 Whatever you think about climate change, you have to look at 2017 with some amazement. The Atlantic hurricane season brought four storms reaching “major” status, Category 3 or greater. Hurricane Harvey dropped 50 inches of rain in some areas of Texas. The Florida …

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Letter: Some forgotten issues with Utah’s air quality

Scott Williams For the Deseret News Published: December 23, 2017 “Believe it or not, the air has gotten better,” the headline of Jay Evensen’s recent well-intentioned opinion piece about air quality along the Wasatch Front, makes for a good tourism slogan, but it misrepresents the status of Utah’s air. Evensen …

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NEWS: Free Friday Face-Off: UTA’s free fare day has its pros and cons.

Dylan Woolf Harris City Weekly 12/27/2017 Atop a North Temple viaduct, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams proclaimed his intention to ride public transit the following Friday with his children, and encouraged all residents who could to do the same. The air was cold and clear that morning. Off in the distance, …

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NEWS: Fight the Salt Lake City Inversion with SLC Air Protectors

Kelli Case  Utah Stories December 11, 2017 How does it sound to work with your neighbors to advocate for a healthier environment here in Utah? Would you like to help bring about cleaner air this winter? Perhaps you’re interested in lobbying politically, or maybe it sounds more fun to dig your …

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NEWS: Utah among the most toxic states, report says

Jasen Lee Deseret News 11/09/2017 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah ranks among the highest producers of toxic chemicals in the United States, according to data and information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A Forbes.com report shows that the Beehive State was No. 3 behind only Alaska and Nevada in …

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NEWS: Energy efficiency savings may drop in the future

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News 10/08/2017   SALT LAKE CITY — Even as residential energy use continues to drop across the six states serviced by PacifiCorp, the utility company predicts that over the long-term, energy efficiency savings won’t be as big of a factor. That scenario concerns clean energy advocates, …

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NEWS: Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 10/05/2017 Utah’s recent net metering settlement, negotiated by solar industry leaders and the state’s largest electric utility, is a shining example of using dialogue to solve seemingly intractable problems, according to Gov. Gary Herbert. “Differing opinions is not necessarily a bad thing,” Herbert said at …

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