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: 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: Inversions prompt EPA to bump Utah pollution status to ‘serious’

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Published: Dec. 16, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — Pollution challenged cities along the Wasatch Front, the Cache Valley and the Fairbanks, Alaska, region are moving from a “moderate” to “serious” classification under a proposal released Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed rule to reclassify …

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NEWS: Utah challenges EPA’s regional haze decision

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Sept. 2, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY —The federal rejection of a portion of the state’s plan to control regional haze at national parks is prompting Utah to file a legal challenge in hopes the courts will deem the local plan sufficient. The Utah Department of Environmental …

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News: Lawmakers move forward on low polluting water heaters

Amy Joi O’Donoghue The Deseret News March 7, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — A measure that helps pave the way to cleaner burning natural gas water heaters in Utah received unanimous approval from a committee of lawmakers on Monday and now advances for the consideration of the full Senate. HB …

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News: Clean air advocates bracing for compromise on Capitol Hill

Chris Miller KUTV Channel 2 March 2, 2016 (KUTV) Utah clean air advocates took aim at state construction and development code this year on Capitol Hill. Data from the State Division of Air Quality suggests 39% of our air pollution in the Salt Lake area comes from emissions produced by …

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News: Bill authorizing clean-burning water heaters clears committee

Amy Joi O’Donoghue The Deseret News February 24, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — The state’s top air quality regulator says if every home in Salt Lake County had an ultralow polluting natural gas water heater, it would be the same as eliminating all the nitrogen oxide emitted by the five …

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News: Environmentalists frustrated as Utah air quality measures get stuck or cut

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune February 22, 2016 Air quality is a hot topic in the Legislature, but it’s come with some frustrations for environmental advocates, who say that while the public is interested in discussing the issue, Utah’s leaders don’t seem particularly interested in listening. The broad offering …

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News: Popular air quality program axed in early budget process

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News February 18, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — Two critical funding requests to cut pollution and improve air quality monitoring received zero dollars from Utah lawmakers in one instance and was cut by more than half in the other. There is still a little more than …

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News: HB 316 debated on Utah floor Tuesday

Cathy McKitrick Standard Examiner February 17, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — A Kaysville lawmaker’s building code bill that stirred concerns among at least a dozen diverse stakeholders cleared a House committee Tuesday in an 11-2 vote. Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville is spearheading House Bill 316, legislation that would, with a few …

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