Breathing Stories: Utah Voices for Clean Air, A Collaboration with Torrey House Project

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS In the 2017 State of the Air report, the American Lung Association ranked Salt Lake’s air quality as the 6th worst in the nation and gave Utah as a whole an “F” for ozone and “D” for particulate pollution. For years, environmental groups, moms, doctors, activists, and …

Continue reading

NEWS: Commentary: There is no question that air pollution is bad for your health

Jessica Reimer Salt Lake Tribune 9/18/2017 In our world where ‘alternative facts’ hold water and scientific evidence is pushed to the side, it is paramount that our state policymakers weed through the noise and identify critical information to support strong policies. Utah policymakers can generally be commended for doing so …

Continue reading

NEWS: Advocates growing impatient as Utah’s new plan for cleaner air falls behind schedule

Emma Penrod  Salt Lake Tribune August 25, 2017   State officials have notified the Environmental Protection Agency that Utah is likely to miss yet another air-quality deadline, leading some clean-air advocates to criticize regulators for a lack of action. Utah’s latest plan for reducing spikes of small-particulate pollution over the …

Continue reading

Episode #84: Royal DeLegge, Director of Environmental Health at Salt Lake County Health Department

Matt chats with Royal about his efforts on behalf of Salt Lake County to improve air quality and to work on climate change for the sake of public health. Royal discusses his involvement with the Utah Clean Cities Coalition to provide alternative fuel options and promote non-idling practices, as well …

Continue reading

OP-ED: Given the harm it would cause, the Bear River Project shouldn’t be an option

BY HEATHER DOVE and DEBORAH DRAIN the Standard-Examiner, June 20th 2017 Great Salt Lake Audubon appreciates Rep. Stephen Handy’s service to the community and his concerns about water availability for a growing population. However, we do not agree with his conclusion that the Bear River diversion is needed. We disagree for …

Continue reading

NEWS: Wasatch Front hits first mandatory pollution action of year

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue Published: June 7, 2017  As temperatures sizzled toward triple digits Wednesday, the Utah Division of Air Quality issued its first mandatory action alert of the year, urging people to refrain from driving if possible and for sensitive populations to reduce outdoor exertion. The mandatory action was in …

Continue reading

NEWS: Utah’s governor touts air quality improvements, but admits more needs to be done

BY BEN WINSLOW PUBLISHED MAY 16, 2017 Utah Governor Gary Herbert touted improvements to the state’s air quality, but acknowledged that more needed to be done. During a ceremonial bill signing on Tuesday at Ensign Elementary School, the governor highlighted steps the state has taken to reduce pollution. He signed a …

Continue reading

NEWS: Trump’s withdrawal from Paris climate accord draws mixed Utah reaction

By BRIAN MAFFLY, EMMA PENROD and BENJAMIN WOOD The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jun 01 2017 03:00PM President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from participation in the Paris climate accord, announced Thursday, drew a wide-ranging and mixed reaction from Utahns. Echoing views voiced earlier by Utah Sens. Mike …

Continue reading