NEWS: Utah’s governor touts air quality improvements, but admits more needs to be done

BEN WINSLOW Fox13 MAY 16, 2017   SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Gary Herbert touted improvements to the state’s air quality, but acknowledged that more needed to be done. During a ceremonial bill signing on Tuesday at Ensign Elementary School, the governor highlighted steps the state has taken to reduce …

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NEWS: Former EPA leader defends actions on Utah haze, ozone

EMMA PENROD The Salt Lake Tribune May 19 2017 07:00AM A plan to require new pollution controls at coal-fired power plants in Utah was among the Environmental Protection Agency’s greatest accomplishments under the Obama administration, according to one of the agency’s former leaders. Shaun McGrath, former EPA Region 8 administrator, …

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NEWS: Governor vetoes bill eliminating bipartisan boards

Fox 13 News March 24, 2017 By: Ben Winslow   SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert has vetoed his first bill coming out of the 2017 Utah State Legislature. The governor vetoed House Bill 11, sponsored by Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, which eliminated the partisan requirement for a number …

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Urgent! Call Gov. Herbert Today to Veto HB11 & HB65

Though this year’s legislative session has so far been pretty slow with regard to environmental and public health issues, two bills which could jeopardize our air have unfortunately already passed both the House and Senate. And now they are awaiting Gov. Herbert’s signature! So NOW is the time to call …

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NEWS: Adversaries in Utah fight take a break, for now

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Rocky Mountain Power Inc. and solar advocates have declared a cease-fire in Utah’s burgeoning solar war. The two sides appeared poised for a fight at the state Public Service Commission this week over the application of new rates for rooftop …

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NEWS: New EPA chief will impact Utah’s regulations on air pollution, water resources

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Dec. 11, 2016  SALT LAKE CITY — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a host of implications for Utah, which has railed against the federal agency for regulations on air pollution and water resources. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will take …

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NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power suspends request for new rate schedule, will negotiate with solar stakeholders

EMMA PENROD The Salt Lake Tribune Dec 09 2016    Utah’s rooftop solar industry will have more time to negotiate net-metering bills with the state’s main utility, which pushed pause on a review of its controversial price-change proposal Friday afternoon. The state Public Service Commission suspended consideration of the Rocky …

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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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