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 …

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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 …

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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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PRESS RELEASE: HEAL Statement on End of Sandy Waste to Energy Project

PRESS STATEMENT  *** PRESS STATEMENT  *** PRESS STATEMENT  *** HEAL UTAH WELCOMES THE END OF SANDY ILL-FATED WASTE-TO-ENERGY PROJECT UNTESTED NAVITUS BID RAISED MAJOR AIR QUALITY CONCERNS FOR SANDY RESIDENTS Today, HEAL Utah issued a statement regarding the Navitus Sustainable Industries waste-to-energy project, which Sandy officials have now abandoned. (See …

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Press Statement: HEAL Trashes Sandy Waste to Energy Permit Approval

HEAL Utah expressed frustration today after state officials approved a permit for Navitus Sustainable Industries, a proposed waste to energy facility in Sandy, UT. The environmental group pointed out the allegedly miraculous technology that Navitus is peddling isn’t being commercially utilized anywhere in the United States. “Siting this untested trash …

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News: Tooele residents concerned about pending Stericycle move, possibility of more pollution

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune April 19, 2016 Gina Cooley moved to Erda in 2014 after her pediatrician advised her that pollution from a medical-waste incinerator in North Salt Lake could be the source of her then-4-year-old son’s near-daily headaches. That same year, Stericycle also decided to move to …

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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: Utah’s Clean Air Caucus unveils 15 pending bills and appropriation requests

Cathy McKitrick Standard Examiner February 1, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled 15 bills and several funding requests, which if taken as a package, could collectively help clean up Utah’s air. “We have made tremendous progress in air quality in the last two years. Our air …

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News: Utah’s Clean Air Caucus unveils its plan for the 2016 legislative session aimed to clean up the air

Kimberly Nelson ABC 4 News February 1, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are coming together to try to find a solution to clean up Utah’s dirty air. Monday the Clean Air Caucus unveiled its plans for the 2016 legislative …

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News: Proposals for stricter punishments for Utah environmental infractions spark controversy

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune January 28, 2016 A pair of bills intended to update basic elements of the state’s guidelines for handling environmental infractions inspired a lengthy debate Wednesday about how environmental offenders ought to be punished. A bill that would give the state Department of Environmental Quality …

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