OP-ED: Promontory Point doesn’t decide what’s an open record and what isn’t

Standard-Examiner Editorial Board Standard-Examiner March 18th, 2018 Promontory Point Resources doesn’t want you to know its plans for a landfill on a lonely peninsula in the Great Salt Lake. No, that’s stating it too mildly. Promontory Point Resources desperately doesn’t want you to know its plans for a landfill on…

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NEWS: Utah Lawmaker Proposes Self-Inspections for State Landfills

Associated Press U.S. News February 26th, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A legislative proposal would allow Utah‘s 168 landfills to do self-inspections in an attempt to increase sagging oversight without raising taxes to fund increased inspections. The House Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Committee took a liking to the proposal…

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Gehrke: Legislature still has a long way to go before it can take a bow for clearing Utah’s filthy air

Robert Gehrke Salt Lake Tribune January 18th, 2017 During the past week or so, Sen. Todd Weiler has taken to social media to make the case that the Legislature has been aggressively attacking Utah’s air quality problems, and it’s paying off in cleaner air. Great. Maybe if we all stand…

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Letter: Utahns can have clean air, but we choose not to — why?

Cherise Udell Salt Lake Tribune January 2, 2018 The Utah Department of Environmental Air Quality sent an alert recently that our nasty, stinky air continues to be “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” This is an understatement of monumental proportions. Our nasty, stinky air is unhealthy for anyone who has lungs. This…

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NEWS: Trump administration halts pollution controls at Utah plants

Brady McCombs AP News 9/11/2017 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An appeals court granted a request Monday from President Donald Trump’s administration to halt a plan for new pollution controls at Utah’s oldest coal-fired power plants aimed at reducing haze near national parks. The development marks a reversal for the…

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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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