NEWS: Utah’s 2017 resolution: A plan for cleaner air

By Emma Penrod Published January 16, 2017 Salt Lake Tribune Utah faces a host of environmental challenges in 2017, but state officials say they are making one their top priority: air quality. The state may need new initiatives for reducing levels of small-particulate pollution, the culprit associated with Utah’s wintertime …

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NEWS: Five surprising ways to improve Utah’s inversion pollution

LEIA LARSEN, Standard-Examiner DECEMBER 31, 2016 Wasatch Front residents know wintertime doesn’t just mean shoveling snow and slipping on ice — it also means a sickening buildup of smog. Most Utah residents have also heard that spending less time on the road is the best way to improve air quality …

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NEWS: Utah environmentalists decry ‘haphazard’ plan to build pipeline for mine wastewater

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune  Dec 10 2016 02:51PM   The permanent closure of PacifiCorp’s once-productive Deer Creek coal mine is nearing completion, but the utility still must figure out what to do with the millions of gallons of metals-laced water backing up in the Emery County mine. Currently, …

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NEWS: Utah environmental regulators reviewing spill of Rocky Mountain Power coal ash into Price River

Emma Penrod August 12, 2016 The Salt Lake Tribune State officials say the Price River is safe for recreation and irrigation and that Rocky Mountain Power should be able to handle any future storms like the one that discharged an estimated 2,700 cubic yards of coal ash into the Price …

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Editorial: Utah had a cheap, popular way to reduce air pollution. So lawmakers killed it

Standard-Examiner Editorial Board The Standard Examiner April 26, 2016 For three days in February, as state lawmakers met in Salt Lake City, Utah made news for recording the worst air quality in the nation. How did the General Assembly respond? By eliminating funding for a program that reduced air pollution. In …

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Op-ed: DEQ welcomes public input on air quality, and more opportunities are ahead

Alan Matheson The Salt Lake Tribune March 19, 2016 The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is committed to working with all interested parties to improve Utah’s air quality. Utah residents have already made a difference. We need their ongoing involvement to ensure continuing progress. At its March 2 meeting, …

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News: Utah environmental regulators vote down air-emission rules brought by local groups

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune March 2, 2016 Asking the public to review a set of air-emissions proposals drafted by local environmental groups would be a waste of time, according to the Department of Environmental Quality, but state regulators may use the suggested concepts in the near future. The state …

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News: Citing national uncertainty, Utah guv suspends planning to reduce state’s carbon emissions

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune February 25, 2016 Gov. Gary Herbert announced Thursday morning that he has suspended the development of Utah’s clean-power implementation plan — a sudden reversal of the state’s previous strategy. Utah is one of 27 mostly conservative-led states to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean …

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