HEAL’s 2017 Legislative Grades! As & Fs: Oh, My!

Good morning on a lovely spring day in the Salt Lake Valley. It’s that time of year when we let you know how your State Legislators voted on clean air and clean energy bills this past session. Sorry it’s taken a few weeks to get these out: It’s a surprising amount …

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Free Climate Movie Monday! (And a Secret NYE Party)

The snow-capped Wasatch out the office window beckon us to come play, but as you’ll see below, work is keeping us plenty busy! Here’s a few quick hits from HEALopolis: * Free Climate Film at Library Monday! HEAL along with several other groups is co-sponsoring a showing of the new …

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NEWS: As Utah areas exceed ozone pollution standards, guv recommends feds step in

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune October 18, 2016   State leaders recommend creating three new nonattainment areas in Utah that fall short of Environmental Protection Agency standards for ozone pollution, even as Utah waits to hear from the feds on the status of its small-particulate pollution. Salt Lake and …

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NEWS: Environmentalists push Rocky Mountain Power to drop lawsuit over haze over Utah national parks

Ben Winslow August 23, 2016 Fox 13 SALT LAKE CITY — Environmental groups are pressuring Rocky Mountain Power to drop a planned lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over new regulations to deal with haze over some of the state’s most scenic national parks. Activists delivered petitions containing 43,000 signatures to …

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NEWS: Environmentalists plan to sue EPA in absence of final word on Utah’s ‘serious’ air designation

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune August 1, 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency is again under fire for not reviewing Utah air quality proposals in a timely fashion, with two groups saying the feds should have classified Utah’s small-particle pollution as “serious” weeks ago. Two national organizations, the Center for Biological …

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NEWS: Levels of some ‘air toxics’ along Wasatch Front are above what EPA says is cancer-causing

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune July 12, 2016 Scientists at Utah’s Division of Air Quality are zeroing in on a few key chemicals after a newly released study of toxic air pollutants found elevated levels of hazardous substances on the Wasatch Front. The year-long effort, which looked at 86 of …

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Op-ed: Thank EPA, not Utah delegation, for what progress has been made

Matt Pacenza June 9, 2016 The Salt Lake Tribune Utah’s congressional delegation fervently embraces an unchallenged notion: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an agency that’s terrible for the state, strangling business and blocking progress. But here’s the truth: If you care about the health of our families and communities, …

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