Stopping private fuel storage
Stopped the private fuel storage proposal in which a group of utilities wanted to bring high-level, spent fuel from nuclear reactors across the country and store it “temporarily” on the Goshute reservation in Utah’s west desert
This plan finally died for good in 2012
Fighting against the Green River Reactors
2008 - 2009
Halting a depleted uranium proposal
Halted the disposal of 40,000 tons of depleted uranium in Utah by demanding that state regulators and Governer Herbert take action ( The governor put a moratorium on the waste until a performance assessment was completed)
The Department of Environmental Quality is still analyzing the health and safety of depleted uranium and the resulting performance assessment is expected in 2019
Publishing the eUtah report
Began participating in Rocky Mountain Power's electricity-planning process, which we still take a significant part in today to help the utility and regulators develop more renewable energy.
Worked with the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research to publish the eUtah report, which esplains how our state can tranision to 100% renewable energy by 2050
Developing community energy choice in UTah
Pushed for a community energy choice program in Utah, similar to one in Sonoma County, California, that would allow residents to pool their demand and bulk-purchase renewable energy directly from developers.
Organized a clean air rally
Organized another clean air rally which helped push the issue in front of the legislature, who then considered a record 22 air quality bills, 9 which passed
Stopped Rocky Mountain Power’s bid to institute a monthly fee on rooftop solar owners.
Releasing the Brown SKy report
Passed the “not stricter than” bill in the legislature, which freed up the hands of air quality regulators
Developed and released Brown Sky report, a report highlighting Rocky Mountain Power’s energy mix and lobbying practices
Passing a hot water heater bill
Helped pass a hot water heater bill in the legislature
Worked on the regional haze rule which implemented stricter controls on Rocky Mountain Power’s coal plants.
Negotiating rooftop solar rates
Negotiated with Rocky Mountain Power, the solar industry, the Public Service Commission, and the governor’s office to improve the utility’s proposed electric rate increases for rooftop solar users.
These negotiations included the completion of a new rooftop solar study by Rocky Mountain Power, which is expected in the spring of 2019
Championing Utah's first climate resolution
Championed Utah’s first Climate resolution (HCR007), which recognized a changing climate and pledged to combat it.
Submitted technical comments and led the grassroots charge to have the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control Board deny an EnergySolutions exemption request from a state law governing depleted uranium shipments.
Passing emission testing pilot program for diesel vehicles
Bill drafted to improve the economics of retiring coal plants early (Securitization) which is now ready to be introduced when politically favorable.
HEAL’s Inland Port White Paper published
Passage of a bill establishing an emission testing pilot program for diesel vehicles in Utah County (the only Wasatch Front county that wasn’t doing this testing).
A technical study commissioned and published about the poor economics of small modular nuclear reactors
Stopped bill against electric vehicles
Stopped a bill that would have increased registration fees on electric vehicles (HB209)
Successfully removed language from a bill that would have merged the Utah Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources.
Helped achieve the passage of a state resolution supporting the extension and expansion of the federal program to compensate Downwinders.
Passage of a bill making the diesel vehicles emissions testing program a permanent program, rather than just a pilot