NEWS: Utah’s air could get dirtier under a Trump administration

KIMBERLY NELSON  ABC4 Published 12/09 2016 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA is raising some concerns among environmental advocates in Utah. The move elevates Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a fierce critic of the EPA, to the position of EPA Administrator. As …

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Episode #53: HEAL’s Victories! Clean Air, Coal & Coal Ash

Matt flies solo and dives deep on three recent HEAL Utah victories, offering some context and detail to explain the significance of each. First, he talks about Navitus, a proposed waste-to-energy facility that Sandy City officials are now backing away from. Second, he describes the collapse of the Oakland coal terminal …

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OPINION: My view: Pacificorp and the state of Utah lawsuit against EPA is a missed opportunity

By Lauren Wood For the Deseret News Sept. 14, 2016 There is no way to be a good corporate citizen when it comes to dirty energy. Rocky Mountain Power’s (RMP) basic profit motive is fundamentally at odds with our communities’ values. This truth was reinforced last week, when RMP’s parent …

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NEWS: Utah challenges EPA’s regional haze decision

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Sept. 2, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY —The federal rejection of a portion of the state’s plan to control regional haze at national parks is prompting Utah to file a legal challenge in hopes the courts will deem the local plan sufficient. The Utah Department of Environmental …

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NEWS: State of Utah, utility company challenging EPA regulations to reduce haze at national parks

COURTNEY TANNER The Salt Lake Tribune Sept 02 2016 The state of Utah and the utility company PacifiCorp are fighting a federal mandate that aims to reduce pollution at national parks. The two entities filed separate petitions for review — the first step in an appeal — with the 10th …

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NEWS: Protesters urge Rocky Mountain Power not to sue EPA

Emma Penrod August 23, 2016 The Salt Lake Tribune Clean-air activists delivered tens of thousands of petitions to Rocky Mountain Power’s doorstep Tuesday morning in an attempt to dissuade the utility company from fighting federally mandated pollution controls at Utah power plants. About a dozen demonstrators walked 44,000 petitions to …

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NEWS: Utahns to Rocky Mountain Power: Protect Clean Air in National Parks

Kimberly Nelson August 23, 2016 Good 4 Utah SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – The fight to clean up the air at Utah’s national parks is heating up. Tuesday more than 40,000 signatures were dropped off at Rocky Mountain Power’s Salt Lake offices. The petitioners are asking the utility not …

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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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Editorial: Regional haze decision reflects recreation’s growing power

Salt Lake Tribune June 03, 2016 The recreation economy claimed a big win over the extraction economy this week when the Environmental Protection Agency decided to require an additional half billion dollars worth of pollution controls on the two Emery County coal-fired power plants that supply most of Utah’s electricity. …

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NEWS: EPA Orders Utah Power Plants to Cut Emissions

Mark Richardson June 3, 2016 Public News Service SALT LAKE CITY – The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the operator of two coal-fired power plants in central Utah to bring their emissions up to federal clean-air standards. The EPA acted in response to outdoor recreation businesses that say coal haze …

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