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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Tribune Editorial: Utah’s air isn’t getting better fast enough

Editorial Board Salt Lake Tribune Jan 7, 2018 Utah’s recent history with air quality comes down to this: We’re headed in the right direction, but the road is getting steeper. So it is with news that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has officially notified Utah officials that areas in seven counties are …

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Commentary: Utah undervalues citizen-supplied solar power

Craig J. Provost Salt Lake Tribune December 23, 2017   Previous commentaries in the Tribune have made the conjecture that non-solar customers are subsidizing Solar owners. This is a biased and unproven assumption. Several studies by Public Utility Commissions in other states have found that solar providers offer numerous benefits …

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NEWS: Despite the inversion, Utah’s air is actually better than it used to be

LEIA LARSEN Standard-Examiner SUNDAY , JANUARY 07, 2018 – 5:15 AM The Wasatch Front ended 2017 in the thick of another inversion. Meanwhile, Utah Sen. Todd Weiler found himself in a Twitter storm about air quality. The Republican lawmaker took to the platform to remind Utahns that inversion pollution has …

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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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Tribune Editorial: Utah still needs a push on air quality

Editorial Board Salt Lake Tribune 1/4/2018 The new regional boss of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has expressed his faith that the state of Utah has the capacity to clean up its own air, and that it will proceed to do so without the heavy hand of the federal government upon it. …

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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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NEWS: Lawmakers need to do more than acknowledge climate change in Utah

Editorial Board Standard Examiner SUNDAY , DECEMBER 24, 2017 A resolution for the 2018 legislative session, sponsored by Rep. Ray Ward, R-Bountiful, proposes to acknowledge the negative realities of climate change in Utah. House Concurrent Resolution 1 “acknowledges that average global temperature and average Utah temperature have increased substantially over recent …

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