air quality http://kuer.org en Clean Cars Help Utahns Cut Smog Now http://kuer.org/post/clean-cars-help-utahns-cut-smog-now <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New clean fuel, clean car standards promise to be the single best way to clean up Utah’s air. State leaders say they want to accelerate these so-called Tier 3 rules in Utah. Yet, car buyers are already taking matters into their own hands, at the steering wheel.</span></p><p>Another air-scrubbing storm has just passed through Salt Lake City. But Tom Hemmersmeier is still thinking about clean cars.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 44254 at http://kuer.org Clean Cars Help Utahns Cut Smog Now Impact Hub Salt Lake Tackles Air Quality http://kuer.org/post/impact-hub-salt-lake-tackles-air-quality <p></p><p>Entrepreneurs, activists and policy makers are joining forces Wednesday to solve air quality problems along the Wasatch front.&nbsp;The new <a href="http://saltlake.impacthub.net/">Impact Hub Salt Lake</a> is hosting what they call an innovation lab focused on finding air pollution solutions.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:24:34 +0000 Andrea Smardon 44249 at http://kuer.org Impact Hub Salt Lake Tackles Air Quality Air Quality Advocates Grade Lawmakers http://kuer.org/post/air-quality-advocates-grade-lawmakers <p>Clean air advocates released their grades for Utah lawmakers Tuesday. Compared to past legislative sessions, lawmakers showed improvement, but advocates say there is still a lot of work to be done.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:55:53 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43580 at http://kuer.org Air Quality Advocates Grade Lawmakers Some Question Strength of Air Quality Recess Guidelines http://kuer.org/post/some-question-strength-air-quality-recess-guidelines <p></p><p></p><p>When fine particle air pollution along the Wasatch Front reaches the high end of what the Utah Division of Air Quality deems unhealthy, the Utah Department of Health recommends schools keep students inside for recess. But some wonder if that recommendation should come when pollution levels are even lower. Officials with the Utah Asthma Program say discussions about revising those standards are underway.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:26:51 +0000 Whittney Evans 43031 at http://kuer.org Grants Help Small Businesses Reduce Emissions http://kuer.org/post/grants-help-small-businesses-reduce-emissions <p></p><p>Small businesses now have access to funding that will help improve air quality. The <a href="http://www.ucair.org/grants-loans/">UCAIR Air Assist program</a> offers funds to small businesses to buy equipment upgrades that will reduce emissions. The first grant recipient is an auto body shop in Salt Lake City.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:47:37 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42937 at http://kuer.org Grants Help Small Businesses Reduce Emissions DAQ Report: A Few More Inversion Days http://kuer.org/post/daq-report-few-more-inversion-days <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Utah’s winter inversion season ended on March 1<sup>st</sup>.&nbsp; The Division of Air Quality says there<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;were 31 days when the urban areas of Utah exceeded the federal Ambient Air Quality standards, compared to 29 the year before.&nbsp; But Bryce Bird, the director of the Division of Air Quality, says what’s really changed is public interest in the issue.</span></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:47:43 +0000 Dan Bammes 42915 at http://kuer.org DAQ Report: A Few More Inversion Days Legislative Committee Defeats Bill to Keep Medical Incinerators Away From Homes http://kuer.org/post/legislative-committee-defeats-bill-keep-medical-incinerators-away-homes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A Utah Senate committee voted down a bill Friday that would have kept medical incinerators at least five miles away from homes.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0064.html">Senate Bill 64</a> would have increased fines for air quality violations by medical waste incinerators, increased the length of time allowed for investigating violations and&nbsp; imposed a five-mile buffer between homes and any medical waste incinerator in the state.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:10:02 +0000 Dan Bammes 42184 at http://kuer.org Legislative Committee Defeats Bill to Keep Medical Incinerators Away From Homes New Recommendations from Clean Air Action Team http://kuer.org/post/new-recommendations-clean-air-action-team <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.utah.gov/governor/news_media/article.html?article=9409">Utah Clean Air Action Team</a> – the group appointed by Governor Gary Herbert to look at strategies for improving air quality – wants to see a bigger budget for the Division of Air Quality.&nbsp; That’s one of three new recommendations this week.&nbsp; The others are expanding public transit and other alternative transportation and continuing public education campaigns on air quality.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:14:05 +0000 Dan Bammes 42117 at http://kuer.org New Recommendations from Clean Air Action Team Bill Would Increase Fees on Clean Vehicles http://kuer.org/post/bill-would-increase-fees-clean-vehicles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Electric cars, hybrid cars and vehicles powered by natural gas would pay dramatically higher registration fees under a bill in the Utah State Senate.&nbsp; Republican Senator Wayne Harper of West Jordan says vehicles that don’t use gasoline or diesel fuel need to pay their fair share to maintain Utah’s roads.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:18:40 +0000 Dan Bammes 41953 at http://kuer.org Bill Would Increase Fees on Clean Vehicles Bill Requiring Cleaner State Fleet Moves Ahead http://kuer.org/post/bill-requiring-cleaner-state-fleet-moves-ahead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that requires the state to use high-efficiency, low-polluting vehicles in its own fleet got strong support in the Utah State Senate this morning.</span></p><p>Senate Bill 99 originally required the state to use compressed natural gas vehicles for half its fleet by 2018.&nbsp; But Republican Senator Scott Jenkins changed it to allow vehicles that use low-sulfur Tier 3 gasoline.&nbsp; Jenkins says the people who run the state motor pool say it would accomplish the same goal for a lot less money.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:38:10 +0000 Dan Bammes 41752 at http://kuer.org Bill Requiring Cleaner State Fleet Moves Ahead Goodbye to Winter Smog? Forecast Says the Season's Last Inversion Starts next Week http://kuer.org/post/goodbye-winter-smog-forecast-says-seasons-last-inversion-starts-next-week <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Skies have been smog-free in northern Utah for the past few days. Now the Utah Climate Center says we can breathe easy for at least another week.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:24:41 +0000 Judy Fahys 41653 at http://kuer.org Goodbye to Winter Smog? Forecast Says the Season's Last Inversion Starts next Week Herbert: State is Strong, But There are Challenges to Confront http://kuer.org/post/herbert-state-strong-there-are-challenges-confront <p></p><p></p><p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert says the state is strong, but there are still several challenges that Utah must confront. Herbert was speaking at his 5<sup>th</sup> annual State of the State Address.</p><p>Herbert highlighted investigations into former Attorney General John Swallow as a success, as well as the state’s 4.1 percent underemployment rate –which is among the lowest in the nation. But he was also quick to acknowledge the hardships—a booming population, federal overreach and economic development &nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:29:45 +0000 Whittney Evans 41452 at http://kuer.org Capitol Protestors Demand Air-Pollution Action http://kuer.org/post/capitol-protestors-demand-air-pollution-action <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A sea of people swarmed Utah’s Capitol steps and south lawn Saturday. Thousands gathered for the Clean Air, No Excuses rally just above winter smog blanketing the valley. Brian Moench, a co-founder of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, told the demonstrators they have a right to clean air.</p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 01:14:06 +0000 Judy Fahys 41266 at http://kuer.org Capitol Protestors Demand Air-Pollution Action Thousands Expected at Clean Air Rally Saturday http://kuer.org/post/thousands-expected-clean-air-rally-saturday <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of </span>Utahns<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> say they plan to join a rally at the State Capitol Saturday. They want Governor Gary Herbert and the Legislature to do something immediately about poor air quality.</span></p><p>Salt Lake City folk singer Tom Bennett wrote his song, Governor We Cannot Breathe, to be performed at tomorrow’s Clean Air, No Excuses Rally.</p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:05:20 +0000 Judy Fahys 41237 at http://kuer.org Utah Foundation Releases Report on Air Quality http://kuer.org/post/utah-foundation-releases-report-air-quality <p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:29:34 +0000 Judy Fahys 41182 at http://kuer.org Utah Foundation Releases Report on Air Quality Are Utah's Rules for Emissions Inspections on Old Cars Fair? http://kuer.org/post/are-utahs-rules-emissions-inspections-old-cars-fair <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Newer cars are a lot cleaner than older cars, but a member of the Utah Senate would like to make sure the rules for inspecting those older vehicles are being applied fairly.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:19:07 +0000 Dan Bammes 41035 at http://kuer.org Are Utah's Rules for Emissions Inspections on Old Cars Fair? U of U Students Develop Video Game App to Combat Air Pollution http://kuer.org/post/u-u-students-develop-video-game-app-combat-air-pollution <p></p><p>University of Utah graduate students are developing a video game app to help Utahns better understand the connection between their actions and the dirty air.&nbsp;</p><p>Kerry Kelly is Associate Director of the University of Utah’s program for Air Quality, Health and Society. She says her role is to make sure this game is backed up by scientific evidence. But here’s one of the ideas they’re considering:</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:54:20 +0000 Whittney Evans 40962 at http://kuer.org U of U Students Develop Video Game App to Combat Air Pollution Utah DEQ Releases 2013 Annual Report http://kuer.org/post/utah-deq-releases-2013-annual-report <p>The Utah Department of Environmental Quality released its <a href="http://www.deq.utah.gov/envrpt/index.htm" target="_blank">2013 annual report</a> today.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report highlights some of the </span>DEQ’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> main accomplishments and success stories from the past year. &nbsp;</span>DEQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Communication Director Donna Spangler says one of the most important was finalizing the state’s air quality plan.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:10:45 +0000 Brian Grimmett 40950 at http://kuer.org Utah DEQ Releases 2013 Annual Report New Study Looks at Air Pollution at Different Elevations http://kuer.org/post/new-study-looks-air-pollution-different-elevations <p></p><p>Advocacy group Breath Utah is partnering with the Utah Division of Air Quality to monitor air quality in different parts of the valley and along the benches. They say the study will help the state better focus efforts to combat pollution.&nbsp;</p><p>Kevin Hart is an environmental scientist for the Division of Air Quality.&nbsp; He’s installing a pm2.5 monitor outside Fort Herriman Middle School in Riverton. He says the more of these devices that can be set up the better the state will understand how to approach air pollution.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:36:51 +0000 Whittney Evans 40771 at http://kuer.org Air Quality Board Adds Industrial Regulations http://kuer.org/post/air-quality-board-adds-industrial-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Air-Quality-Board/index.htm">Utah Air Quality Board</a> voted yesterday to add a supplement to the plan for controlling pollution from industrial sources.&nbsp; Bryce Bird, the director of the <a href="http://airquality.utah.gov">Division of Air Quality</a>, says it will help industry get going to comply with new state requirements.</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:27:50 +0000 Dan Bammes 40600 at http://kuer.org Air Quality Board Adds Industrial Regulations Becker Presses State to Act on Air Quality in State of City Address http://kuer.org/post/becker-presses-state-act-air-quality-state-city-address <p></p><p></p><p>The state legislature needs to act or step aside and empower cities to act to improve air quality. That’s the message in Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s annual State of the City Address, which he presented today at the University of Utah.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:07:11 +0000 Whittney Evans 40579 at http://kuer.org Becker Presses State to Act on Air Quality in State of City Address University of Utah Announces Grants for Study of Air Pollution http://kuer.org/post/university-utah-announces-grants-study-air-pollution <p></p><p>The University of Utah has awarded six <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.edu/air-quality-seed-grant-award-recipients/">researchers</a> grants to study the consequences of regional air pollution.&nbsp; The seed grants, which total $165,000, are the first to come out of a new cross-disciplinary program focused on air quality. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:42:08 +0000 Andrea Smardon 40529 at http://kuer.org University of Utah Announces Grants for Study of Air Pollution Air Quality Bills to Focus on Changing Utahns’ Behavior http://kuer.org/post/air-quality-bills-focus-changing-utahns-behavior <p></p><p>Utah’s air quality issues became evident early this winter, and state lawmakers are working on a number of bills to address the problem. Most of them are focused on getting Utah citizens to change their behavior.</p><p>Air pollution was reportedly a hot topic at the most recent Utah Republican House caucus. But Republican Representative Jim Nielson of Bountiful says it’s not a partisan issue, and lawmakers have been working together to address it.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:15:03 +0000 Andrea Smardon 40329 at http://kuer.org Air Quality Bills to Focus on Changing Utahns’ Behavior Study Shows Indoor Air Quality Better than Outdoors http://kuer.org/post/study-shows-indoor-air-quality-better-outdoors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>When the air quality gets really bad in Utah’s valleys, residents are told to stay indoors.&nbsp; But is our indoor air really any better? &nbsp;A&nbsp;new study from Utah State University is helping to answer that question.</p><p>Environmental engineering professor Randy Martin says our indoor air is much cleaner than outdoors on cold inversion days.&nbsp; He says a lot of the hazardous PM 2.5 particles tend to evaporate in the warmer indoor environment.&nbsp; But he says we can also cause problems for ourselves inside.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:27:20 +0000 Dan Bammes 40092 at http://kuer.org Study Shows Indoor Air Quality Better than Outdoors Groups Appeal Holly-Frontier Refinery Expansion http://kuer.org/post/groups-appeal-holly-frontier-refinery-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Activist groups are challenging the permit allowing the Holly-Frontier oil refinery in Woods Cross to expand its capacity. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Public-Interest/Holly_refinery/index.htm">Utah Division of Air Quality issued a permit </a>last month allowing Holly-Frontier to more than double its refining capacity.&nbsp; Work is already underway as the company prepares to install new equipment.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:02:05 +0000 Dan Bammes 39800 at http://kuer.org Groups Appeal Holly-Frontier Refinery Expansion Survey Shows Utahns Willing to Pitch In for Clean Air http://kuer.org/post/survey-shows-utahns-willing-pitch-clean-air <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A new study by <a href="http://envisionutah.org/">Envision Utah</a> says 99-percent of Utahns are willing to do something personally to help improve air quality.&nbsp; Envision CEO Robert Grow says respondents were willing to avoid idling, combine trips and even trade in older cars to make a contribution.&nbsp; Grow says there’s enough civic commitment in Utah to have a real impact.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:53:25 +0000 Dan Bammes 39799 at http://kuer.org Survey Shows Utahns Willing to Pitch In for Clean Air Intermountain Doctors Say Bad Air Quality Associated with Spike in Patients http://kuer.org/post/intermountain-doctors-say-bad-air-quality-associated-spike-patients <p></p><p>Air quality along the Wasatch front this week has reached levels above what the federal government deems safe, and doctors at Intermountain Medical Center say they are already hearing a lot of related health complaints from their patients.</p><p>Among those seeing a spike in patients is Denitza Blagev, pulmonary and critical care physician at Intermountain Medical Center. Common symptoms include chest tightness, chest burning, and shortness of breath.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:53:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 39539 at http://kuer.org Intermountain Doctors Say Bad Air Quality Associated with Spike in Patients The Business Case for Clean Air http://kuer.org/post/business-case-clean-air <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Bad air is bad for business – that’s the message from a roundtable discussion at the <a href="http://www.slchamber.com/page/list/view/events_calendar?event=4281">Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce</a> on Thursday.</p><p>Air quality on the Wasatch Front can be a problem for agencies trying to persuade businesses to come here.&nbsp; That was among the the points discussed at Thursday’s meeting.&nbsp; Mike O’Malley with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development says companies looking to relocate take air quality into consideration.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:53:18 +0000 Dan Bammes 39148 at http://kuer.org The Business Case for Clean Air Air Quality Board Finalizing Pollution Plan http://kuer.org/post/air-quality-board-finalizing-pollution-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The state of Utah missed a deadline a year ago to submit a plan to the Environmental Protection Agency for meeting new standards for the smallest <span style="line-height: 1.5;">particles in the air – the so-called PM 2.5 pollutants. &nbsp;This plan includes new rules on industrial polluters and on wood burning in urban counties.&nbsp; It also depends heavily on improvements in auto emissions as cleaner cars replace those now on the road.</span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:28:16 +0000 Dan Bammes 39085 at http://kuer.org Air Quality Board Finalizing Pollution Plan Permit Issued for HollyFrontier Expansion http://kuer.org/post/permit-issued-hollyfrontier-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://hollyfrontier.com/woods-cross/">HollyFrontier oil refinery in Woods Cross</a> has been given a green light from the <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/">Utah Division of Air Quality</a> to triple its refining capacity – even as it’s promised to reduce pollution. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:51:29 +0000 Dan Bammes 38434 at http://kuer.org Permit Issued for HollyFrontier Expansion