For 25 years, HEAL Utah has been at the forefront of environmental advocacy, policy change, and community engagement. Join us as we celebrate a quarter-century of making a difference in Utah’s environmental landscape.

We advance community-based solutions and public policy advocacy to address the biggest environmental threats in our state.

Since 1999, HEAL Utah has been a relentless force in safeguarding our air quality, championing clean energy initiatives, and leading efforts against toxic and radioactive waste in Utah. Through a multifaceted approach encompassing education, grassroots mobilization, and policy at both state and federal tiers, we have achieved significant milestones in protecting Utah’s environment and its people. See what we achieved together in 2022.

Our Mission

HEAL’s mission is to protect Utah’s environment and its people by promoting clean air, clean energy, and comprehensive solutions to radioactive and toxic waste. Learn more about how we work here. 


Our vision is a world

Where everyone can breathe clean air and live healthy lives

That provides dignity to all those who live in our communities and environments

That promotes clean energy and a just transition away from our fossil fuel dependency

That resolves the problem of radioactive waste

That upholds our role as faithful stewards of the earth and reconnect ourselves with nature

Where an equitable economy and employment support local communities’ growth

Governed by a functional Democracy that is driven by the active participation of individuals and communities

Our History

The Great Salt Lake
  • Collaborating with state lawmakers to pass a study bill for a Utah Diesel Emissions Program, inspired by Texas.
  • Expanding campaigns to save the Great Salt Lake and securing funding from the Utah Legislature for increased toxic dust monitoring.
  • Organizing public comments and zero-fare days to combat air pollution and reduce vehicle emissions.
  • Securing a $200,000 federal grant from the EPA for expanding air quality monitoring on electric buses in Salt Lake County.
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 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
Grassroots Achievements
  • HEAL submitted eight pages of comments on the weaknesses of the sustainability sections of the Inland Port Business Plan.
  • HEAL’s grassroots efforts were instrumental in reducing the support for the proposed UAMPS nuclear power project by 50%. 
  • Stopped land preservation being funded with a tax on radioactive waste (HB233).
  • Published an interactive GIS map about uranium activities in Southern Utah.
  • Having virtually gathered around 100 citizens to give public comment to the Public Service Commission, the commission subsequently ruled against drastically cutting Utah’s rooftop solar export credit rate.
Emission Testing Pilot Program
  • Bill was drafted to improve the economics of retiring coal plants early (securitization).
  •  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 was commissioned and published by HEAL about the poor economics of small modular nuclear reactors. 
  • HEAL helped pass H.B. 353, the Reduction of Single Occupancy Vehicle Trips Pilot Program, which will trigger free fares on public transportation during seven days of bad air quality.
Utah's First Climate Resolution
  • Championed Utah’s first Climate resolution (HCR007), which recognized a changing climate and pledged to combat it.
  • HEAL 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. 
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 Rocky Mountain Power completing a new rooftop solar study.

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.
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.
Organized a Clean Air Rally
  • We organized another clean-air rally, which helped push the issue before the legislature. A record 22 air quality bills were introduced, nine of which passed.
  • We also stopped Rocky Mountain Power’s bid to institute a monthly fee on rooftop solar owners.
Supporting Tier3 Fuel
  • Brought attention to tier 3 fuel and cars by encouraging Utahns to file several thousand comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of tier 3.
  • Successfully lobbied Governor Herbert to show his support for Tier 3.
Expanding Our Work
  • Expanded our work to include clean air and began researching specific issues, developing legislation, and collaborating with other clean air advocates.
  • Organized the successful Clean Air Now rally.
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.

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 explains how our state can transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.
2008 - 2009
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)

Fighting Against the Green River Reactors

Began the fight to stop Utah’s first commercial nuclear reactors on the Green River

HEAL and our supporters continue to fight this project on the basis of preventing radioactive waste wherever we can — in state court, in front of SITLA, and at the legislature

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

Banning Nuclear Wastes

Helped shepherd the passage of a bill (SB24) to ban Class B and Class C nuclear waste from Utah


This bill meant that only Class A low-level waste (which loses nearly all of its hazard after 100 years) can come to Utah.


FAIR realized that Utah’s Great Salt Lake desert was increasingly being targeted by commercial interests both within and outside the state as a site for the disposal of the nation’s radioactive waste. To protect Utahns from these predatory corporations, FAIR expanded its scope and, in 2001, became the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah).

Nonprofit Status

Recognizing the numerous ongoing threats to public health and the environment,  organizers from Tooele saw the important role they could fill and applied to become an official nonprofit, gaining 501(c)(3) status in 1999 as FAIR-Families Against Incinerator Risk.


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