NEWS: EPA labels Utah air-quality problems ‘serious’

Salt Lake Tribune by Emma Penrod May 2, 2017 State officials are mulling new pollution-control measures after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found Utah out of compliance with air-quality standards. On Friday, the EPA classified the Provo and Salt Lake City metro areas, including Davis and Weber counties and …

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NEWS: EPA reclassification for pollution puts Salt Lake, Provo in ‘serious’ category

Deseret News By Amy Joi O’Donoghue Published May 1, 2017 SALT LAKE CITY — The inability of the Provo and Salt Lake City regions to meet 2006 federal clean air standards for fine particulate pollution resulted in the Environmental Protection Agency reclassifying the metropolitan areas into a new category of …

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NEWS: Critics say Utah power company’s plan violates EPA ruling

Published by Herald & Review From Al Hartmann via the Salt Lake Tribune and Associated Press April 8, 2017   SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah power company has come under fire by critics who say its latest 20-year strategic plan contains elements that would violate federal law. Rocky …

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NEWS: Utah energy provider plans major wind turbine expansion

KUTV By: Associated Press April 5, 2017   SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s largest electricity provider has announced plans to build a wind turbine in Wyoming that would power more Utah homes by 2021. Rocky Mountain Power officials said Tuesday that they want to build a $3.5 billion wind …

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NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power plans major wind turbine expansion

Salt Lake Tribune By: Emma Penrod Published 4/4/2017   Wyoming wind will be powering more Utah homes by 2021, Rocky Mountain Power announced Tuesday. The state’s largest provider of electricity said it plans to build a $3.5 billion wind generation and transmission project in southwestern Wyoming over the next three …

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NEWS: Study: Wood-burning Is Significant In Winter Smog

KUER By  Judy Fahys April 1, 2017   A new state law allows cooking with wood, even when winter smog makes northern Utah’s air unhealthy. Now new scientific data shows that wood-burning turns out to be a bigger part of the problem than anyone realized. The state’s Air Quality Board hadn’t asked …

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NEWS: Herbert: Trump’s rollback of Clean Power Plan step in the right direction

KSL By Amy Joi O’Donoghue Posted Mar 28th, 2017   SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump signed the Energy Independence Executive Order Tuesday, rolling back the controversial Clean Power Plan and killing a three-year moratorium on federal coal leases. The move continues the president’s efforts to dismantle a slew …

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NEWS: Herbert ignores clean air advocates concerns, signs wood-burning bill

Fox 13 Now MARCH 28, 2017, Posted by Elizabeth Suggs   SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Herbert signed HB 65, which prohibits future regulation on wood burning for commercial and non-commercial use if the primary purpose is to cook food. The nonprofit organization HEAL Utah who advises Herbert on air quality …

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NEWS: Trump rolls back Clean Power Plan, coal moratorium

Deseret News Posted by Amy Joi O’Donoghue March 28, 2017   SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump signed the Energy Independence Executive Order Tuesday, rolling back the controversial Clean Power Plan and killing a three-year moratorium on federal coal leases. The move continues the president’s efforts to dismantle a …

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NEWS: Reviews mixed from environmental advocates on legislative action for clean air, water

By EMMA PENROD The Salt Lake Tribune Published Mar 11 2017   State regulators and environmental advocates praised Utah lawmakers’ late approval of spending $1.3 million for new air quality sensors, but their reviews were otherwise mixed. “Overall it was a somewhat disappointing session,” said Matt Pacenza, executive director of …

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