Sigh: HEAL’s 2016 Legislative Recap

Phew. The 2016 session of the State Legislature is over. And, unfortunately, despite some positive steps, the last few days were pretty bad for those of us who care about clean air and clean energy. This may not have been the worst session we’ve ever had (we did get some …

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Episode #15: Steve Bloch, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

HEAL Utah Podcast

SUWA’s legal director demystifies the “R.S. 2477” issue, a legal battle that will help determine the future of many of Utah’s most beautiful wild places. After you listen, click here for more information. If you’re a podcast listener, here’s the link to the iTunes feed for the HEAL Utah Podcast. If …

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HEAL Utah 2015 State Legislature Recap: Phew!


The Utah Legislature’s annual 45-day session is oddly both a sprint and a marathon. It certainly doesn’t feel “short” to the legislators, lobbyists and advocates who put in long days from late January to mid-March, but when we get to the final couple days, stuff happens quickly. Right. Up. To. …

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NEWS: Advocates say merger of dangerous waste boards would tilt in industry’s favor

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 11 2015 The Senate took final action Wednesday to consolidate two Department of Environmental Quality divisions that handle dangerous waste.

NEWS: H.B. 226, Utah’s Last Hope in 2015 for Significant Changes in Air Quality Policy (In-depth exclusive with Rep. Becky Edwards)

Emerson Urry EnviroNews March 11, 2015 Salt Lake City, Utah — Senate Bill 87, authored by Senator Gene Davis, was considered by many to be the strongest air pollution bill in the lineup in this year’s legislative session at the Utah Capitol. To the disappointment of many air warriors, that …

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NEWS: Utah assails Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News March 1, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY — President Obama’s Clean Power Plan mandating carbon reductions from existing power plants across the country has been assailed by Utah and other states as an unprecedented attack on coal that falls outside the scope of the Clean Air …

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NEWS: Smoking vehicles could face more serious consequences

Good4Utah February 25, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – There have been very few bad air quality days this year, but Utah lawmakers know that’s not always going to be the case. Right now, lawmakers are considering a bill that would crackdown on “smoking” vehicles, and the Davis …

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