NEWS: New wrinkle in plan to stash depleted uranium in Utah

By Brady McCombs Associated Press November 20, 2015   SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A nuclear waste disposal company seeking permission to bury a type of nuclear waste in Utah that grows more radioactive for 2 million years has agreed to buy a company that has a site in Texas …

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NEWS: Opponents of coal production say there is a better way

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Monday, Aug. 31 2015 6:25 p.m. HUNTINGTON, Emery County — As the number of workers who mine coal across the United States continues to dwindle as mines close under the weight of environmental scrutiny, so go the power plants that feed on the coal. The …

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NEWS: Is Gov. Herbert listening to those who oppose wood-burning restrictions?

John Mortensen Deseret News March 24 2015 In January, a lot of folks from the Wasatch Front attended public hearings concerning the Utah Air Quality Board’s proposal to ban the use of all wood-burning devices, old and new, next winter. When I say a lot of folks, I mean over …

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NEWS: Department of Environmental Quality to merge radiation and waste divisions

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune March 13, 2015 Two state divisions charged with overseeing the big industries that handle dangerous waste will be consolidated under new legislation passed in 2015. State managers say merging the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste and the Division of Radiation Control will improve …

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NEWS: Merger of environmental boards stokes concerns, opposition from Utah Radiation Control Board

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News March 12, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Radiation Control Board voted unanimously to voice its opposition to the state Legislature’s move to dismantle the organization, declaring the change is ill-advised and members should have been consulted.

NEWS: Bill Eases Wood-Burning Curbs

JUDY FAHYS KUER 3 March 2015 The controversy over wood-burning and air pollution flared up again Tuesday before a legislative committee. Rep. Brad Dee, R-Ogden, is sponsoring a bill to ease wood burning restrictions. It amounts to a rebuke of Gov. Gary Herbert’s proposal to ban wood-burning all winter in …

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NEWS: Air pollution looms as pressing issue for families and lawmakers

Deseret News Amy Joi O’Donoghue Monday, January 26, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY — Poor air quality and its adverse impacts to health have risen as a key concern for both policymakers and the public, threatening family health and quality of life, Utah’s economy and the vibrancy of its outdoor recreation. …

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