News: State environmental regulators resolve to build public support for Utah’s air, water quality in 2016

EMMA PENROD
The Salt Lake Tribune 
Jan 05 2016

Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is beginning the new year with a long list of tasks, and one of its goals is central to all others: building public support of the department’s mission and having that support trickle up to lawmakers.

The thought behind the public relations campaign, said Alan Matheson, DEQ executive director, is that if more Utahns are more informed of the role the DEQ plays in the quality of daily life in Utah, public opinion will influence the state’s political leaders to fund air quality research and pass a ban on sales of pollution-emitting water heaters for home use.

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