Hey HEAL Suporters,
We hope this toasty summer has been treating you well and that you enjoyed the 4th of July safely. Between the monthly interim legislative session, voting in the primaries, and spending time with our volunteers, we’ve been busy bees. Catch up with us below — including a look at three (yes, three) new nuclear waste issues that are emerging in Utah.
By the way, our summer tabling efforts are in full swing! Thanks to all our volunteers who have helped us at events thus far. Haven’t signed up yet? There’s still time. Find a date that works for you, bring a friend, and help us talk to people who stop by our booth at a farmers’ market or street fair. Sign up now.
Our partners at SEEK Studio SLC have started a new community yoga class to benefit HEAL. This Friday afternoon class is free throughout the summer and SEEK will be accepting donations at every class on our behalf.
In case you missed it
A Trojan Horse, Zombie, and Little Engine Who Couldn’t
Utah has a long history with radioactive waste — in fact, the fight against waste dumping in Utah is where HEAL got its start. While it’s not making headlines right now, this summer has brought the question of radioactive waste in Utah back onto the table where we’ve never left our seat.
Zach Michalk is an environmental planner, former Texan, Weimaraner lover, and the newest member of our Board of Directors. Please help us in welcoming him to HEAL.
Biking with ozone
Whether you are a professional cyclist or simply a biking enthusiast, you may have read listicles on how to improve your ride. We put one together with some advice you might not have come across yet: how to ride with summer ozone pollution in mind.
HEAL Utah Podcast
Have you been staying up-to-date with the HEAL Utah Podcast? We are half-way through our season and we’ve already covered things like environmental journalism, climate change economics, and the “inconvenient youth.”
- Beginning discussions on battery storage options in Utah and pathways to improve its availability.
- Crafting a library of resources that highlight climate change’s many effects on public health.
- Meeting with stakeholders to find ways to put Utah’s 2018 climate change resolution (HCR007) into policy and action.
- Collecting signatures and comments that ask Governor Herbert to ban depleted uranium (DU), a type of increasingly-harmful radioactive waste that EnergySolutions is trying to dump in Utah. Learn more about DU here.
- Keeping our ears to the ground in regards to Yucca Mountain and small modular reactors. Learn more about both of these issues in our summer 2018 nuclear overview.
- Getting ready for 3 different invited presentations on legislative ideas at the Clean Air Caucus, a group of legislators who care about making big strides towards improving air quality. Join us for our first on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 PM in the Copper Room of the Senate Building to hear about our take on implementing public transit Free Fare Days!
- Preparing technical comments on the PM2.5 State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Salt Lake Valley’s Serious Nonattainment status, otherwise known as winter inversion smog. The SIP is a comprehensive plan to reduce small particulate emissions and improve air quality in the region, and is federally required in response to poor air quality during the winter months that exceeds health standards. Stay tuned to get involved and submit your own comments when the plan is released this fall.