NEWS: Inversions prompt EPA to bump Utah pollution status to ‘serious’

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Published: Dec. 16, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — Pollution challenged cities along the Wasatch Front, the Cache Valley and the Fairbanks, Alaska, region are moving from a “moderate” to “serious” classification under a proposal released Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed rule to reclassify …

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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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[Video] EPA rules to reduce regional haze in Utah and improve visibility in National Parks

Kimberly Nelson June 01, 2016Good4Utah SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules Rocky Mountain Power will have to invest millions of dollars into emission reduction technology at its two coal-fired power plants in central Utah. Wednesday the EPA made its final ruling on Utah’s Regional …

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Op-ed: DEQ welcomes public input on air quality, and more opportunities are ahead

Alan Matheson The Salt Lake Tribune March 19, 2016 The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is committed to working with all interested parties to improve Utah’s air quality. Utah residents have already made a difference. We need their ongoing involvement to ensure continuing progress. At its March 2 meeting, …

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News: Session ends in mixed bag for environment, energy issues

Amy Joi O’Donoghue The Deseret News March 10, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — Perhaps the most controversial environmental issue of the 2016 Legislature was the fate of a $53 million investment in a California port for Utah exports like coal, but for proponents it was a matter of pure economics. …

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News: Environmentalists frustrated as Utah air quality measures get stuck or cut

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune February 22, 2016 Air quality is a hot topic in the Legislature, but it’s come with some frustrations for environmental advocates, who say that while the public is interested in discussing the issue, Utah’s leaders don’t seem particularly interested in listening. The broad offering …

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News: Utah’s dueling air quality bills have house divided

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune February 16 2016 On the heels of the worst air pollution event Utah has seen in years, activists descended on the Capitol on Tuesday to take sides on a trio of bills dealing with emissions from buildings. Only one of those proposals was heard …

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News: Stakeholders Start On Utah’s Clean Power Plan

Judy Fahys KUER 90.1 February 1, 2016 State environmental regulators want input from Utahns about reducing the pollution blamed for climate change. Utah’s joined 24 other states to fight the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan in court. At the same time, state regulators have been drafting a state plan to comply with …

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News: Pair of air pollution bills prompt flurry of questions

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News January 27, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — Twin air pollution bills aired before a legislative committee Wednesday raised more questions than answers, leaving one to languish without moving on for additional consideration and another that passed after it was modified. However, Senate Assistant Minority Whip …

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Episode #24: Donna Kemp Spangler, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Matt chats with the state’s chief environmental spokesperson about the challenges of communicating information about air quality in Utah, the wood burning controversy, and much more. Click here for the DEQ’s home page. If you’re a podcast listener, here’s the link to the iTunes feed for the HEAL Utah Podcast. If …

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