Episode #8: Rural Utah: Why Is it Struggling?


Matt goes solo on this week’s show. He expounds upon a terrific Sunday story in the Salt Lake Tribune about Escalante, exploring the critical question: Is it fair to blame rural Utah’s struggles on federal policies which ban or limit fossil fuel extraction? Click here for the Trib story.

You have until Aug. 25 to take a stand for ‪#‎cleanenergy‬ before it’s too late. Let Rocky Mountain Power and officials know that you’d like more solar and wind power: Make your voice heard – click here to weigh in!

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NEWS: Department of Environmental Quality to merge radiation and waste divisions

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune March 13, 2015 Two state divisions charged with overseeing the big industries that handle dangerous waste will be consolidated under new legislation passed in 2015. State managers say merging the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste and the Division of Radiation Control will improve…

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NEWS: Advocates say merger of dangerous waste boards would tilt in industry’s favor

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 11 2015 The Senate took final action Wednesday to consolidate two Department of Environmental Quality divisions that handle dangerous waste.

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NEWS: Bill to increase air quality fines dies on Senate floor

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune 09 March 2015 Utah senators narrowly rejected a bill Monday that would have increased fines for air quality violations. SB208’s defeat on a 14-12 vote was yet another setback to environmental protection this session. Advocates called lawmakers’ vote a grant of “amnesty to polluters.”

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NEWS: Lawmakers push back against proposed ban on burning in Utah; critics say they’re rolling back clean-air protections

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune 3 March 2015 In a pushback against state regulators’ proposal to block wintertime wood burning, Utah lawmakers are trying to exempt cleaner wood stoves from burn restrictions, effectively putting a ban on burn bans.

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NEWS: Clean-air groups band together to denounce lawmakers’ ‘lame excuses’

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune 2 March 2015 With the 2015 legislative session winding down, no legislation aimed at improving Utah’s notorious air quality has reached the finish line. Some clean-air measures are dead, while other bills have surfaced that could undermine efforts to improve air quality.

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NEWS: State releases status quo plan for two old, coal-fired power plants

Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune October 1, 2014 Utah environmental regulators on Wednesday unveiled a revised plan for clearing the skies over the state’s national parks, but to environmentalists’ dismay it would do nothing to further cut emissions from aging coal-fired power plants.

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NEWS: Utah guv’s clean air advisers recommend cleaner-running cars, gas

Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune October 1, 2014 Pollution » Clean Air Action Team also targets water heaters, responsible for half a home’s emissions. Drastically cutting the emissions that ruin the Wasatch Front’s wintertime air quality should be a pain-free cinch, but only after Utahns start driving cleaner-burning automobiles using…

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NEWS: Westinghouse to build Utah nuclear plant

  Westinghouse to build Utah nuclear plant Electricity • Blue Castle signs agreement to go with the AP1000 model, offering ‘passive’ safety technology. BY BRIAN MAFFLY THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHED: AUGUST 21, 2014 06:39PM UPDATED: AUGUST 22, 2014 10:12PM A firm seeking to bring nuclear power to Utah has…

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NEWS: Utah commission rejects proposed fee for solar homes

Matt Canham and Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune August 29, 2014 Utahns with rooftop solar panels won’t face a new fee from Rocky Mountain Power after the Utah Public Service Commission ruled Friday that the utility company failed to prove such a charge is “just and reasonable.”

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