EDITORIAL: Utah’s Legislature passes a win, and a loss, for the environment

Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake Tribune March 9th, 2018 In very anticlimactic fashion, the Legislature passed a resolution this session that recognizes “the impacts of a changing climate” and our stewardship over it. Yes, the Utah Legislature. Rep. Rebecca Edwards sponsored House Joint Resolution 7, which is a nonbinding resolution to commit the…

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OP-ED: From the horse’s mouth: Money buys influence in the Legislature

Tribune Editorial Salt Lake Tribune March 2nd, 2018 There aren’t many times when a legislator makes an honest admission about something that reflects poorly on him. But Senate President Wayne Niederhauser did just that earlier this week. Confronted with a question by Tribune reporter Lee Davidson about a bill to…

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NEWS: Some Utah lawmakers are skeptical that pollution from vehicles is a problem, but give initial support to reducing emissions from trucks and trains

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune February 14th, 2018 A handful of new pollution-control ideas — and a few old ones — have drawn initial approval on Utah’s Capitol Hill, though some state lawmakers remain dubious the added steps are needed. Four air-quality bills advanced through committee this week in the…

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NEWS: Want to find out who are Utah’s biggest corporate donors to politicians? Lawmakers quietly changed the law in 2015 to make that more difficult.

Eric Baker & Dan Harrie Salt Lake Tribune February 18th, 2018 The Utah Legislature is considering a bill that would cut inspection fees to EnergySolutions by $1.7 million a year — sparking a rigorous debate. Proponents of the break argued on the House floor (where it passed 61-11) that the…

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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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