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: President Trump reverses clean power initiative, coal moratorium

The Salt Lake Tribune By THOMAS BURR Published Mar 28 2017   Washington • President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed executive orders reversing the Obama administration’s efforts to curtail carbon emissions as well as open up more federal tracts for coal mining — moves celebrated in rural Utah as promoting …

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NEWS: Herbert stokes fire over air quality by signing bill allowing use of wood to cook

Salt Lake Tribune Published by: Emma Penrod March 28, 2017 Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a controversial proposal to exempt burning wood to cook food from air quality regulations. While speaking of the bill last Thursday, Gov. Herbert said that if he signed it, there would “be some …

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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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NEWS: Where there’s smoke, there’s pollution: Protesters argue against cooking exemption for Utah burn ban

Salt Lake Tribune By BRENNAN SMITH Published Mar 16 2017   Utah environmentalists worry a bill waiting for Gov. Gary Herbert’s approval could throw tinder on the fire of Utah’s poor air-quality days. “You could literally start a bonfire on a red air day in a nonattainment area and roast …

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