Utah Division of Air Quality http://kuer.org en Skeptical Reception for Bill to Allow Stricter State Air Quality Rules http://kuer.org/post/skeptical-reception-bill-allow-stricter-state-air-quality-rules <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A member of the Utah legislature is trying again to change the law that keeps the state of Utah from imposing stricter environmental rules than the federal government.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Republican Representative Becky Edwards of North Salt Lake had a <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0121.html">similar bill in the last general session</a>.&nbsp; It passed the House, but it was defeated in the state Senate, in part because of opposition from industry.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:07:20 +0000 Dan Bammes 49374 at http://kuer.org Skeptical Reception for Bill to Allow Stricter State Air Quality Rules Hazardous Air Pollutants: Initial State Study Finds Low Levels http://kuer.org/post/hazardous-air-pollutants-initial-state-study-finds-low-levels <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s air-quality scientists continue to piece together the puzzle of the state’s pollution problem. Recently, they’ve been studying a new piece of it, the toxic components that might be tied to cancer and other severe health conditions</span></p><p>The state Division of Air Quality began to <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Air-Quality-Board/docs/2014/06Jun/ITEM_VId_Utah_Air_Toxics.pdf" target="_blank">look at toxic chemicals</a> in the Salt Lake Valley’s air pollution after an outcry from clean air advocates last winter.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 47589 at http://kuer.org Hazardous Air Pollutants: Initial State Study Finds Low Levels Utah Air Quality Board to Discuss Strategies for Controlling Wood Burning http://kuer.org/post/utah-air-quality-board-discuss-strategies-controlling-wood-burning <p>The Utah Air Quality board will <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Air-Quality-Board/docs/2014/05May/ITEM_IXb_WoodSmokeWkgrp.pdf" target="_blank">discuss and develop strategies</a> for controlling wood smoke during winter at their monthly meeting Wednesday.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:51:07 +0000 Brian Grimmett 45928 at http://kuer.org Utah Air Quality Board to Discuss Strategies for Controlling Wood Burning 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 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 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 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 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 Website Offers Personal Air Quality Advice http://kuer.org/post/website-offers-personal-air-quality-advice <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should you still go out for that run on days when Utah’s air quality is questionable?&nbsp; A new website may be able to answer that question, based on your own health and exercise needs.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The developers of the <a href="http://www.myairhealth.com/">MyAir</a> website made a presentation to the Utah Air Quality Board this week, explaining their system for evaluating the individual risk of exposure to air pollution.&nbsp; It’s based on the user’s health and fitness level as well as on the air quality on any given day.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:52:54 +0000 Dan Bammes 37948 at http://kuer.org Website Offers Personal Air Quality Advice Check Air Quality Levels in Your County with New Smartphone App from the Utah DAQ http://kuer.org/post/check-air-quality-levels-your-county-new-smartphone-app-utah-daq <p>Utahns concerned about air quality can now get real-time updates right on their smartphone with a new app called “Utah Air.” The app is a joint project between the <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/" target="_blank">Utah Division of Air Quality</a> and students at <a href="http://ncast.weber.edu/" target="_blank">Weber State University</a>.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 20:29:03 +0000 Brian Grimmett 37726 at http://kuer.org Check Air Quality Levels in Your County with New Smartphone App from the Utah DAQ Governor Announces Clean Air Team http://kuer.org/post/governor-announces-clean-air-team <p>Governor Gary Herbert has created a committee with dozens of high-profile people from around the state to look at solutions to Utah&rsquo;s air quality problems, while critics were blasting a state plan meant to meet stricter federal pollution standards.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Gary Herbert says everything&rsquo;s on the table as his new Clean Air Action Team begins its work.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s led by Dan Lofgren of <a href="http://www.envisionutah.org/">Envision Utah</a> and includes 39 members, ranging from the chairman of Intermountain Health Care to Dan McArthur, the mayor of St. George.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:39:29 +0000 Dan Bammes 36803 at http://kuer.org Governor Announces Clean Air Team Groups Ask DAQ to Support Wood Burning Ban http://kuer.org/post/groups-ask-daq-support-wood-burning-ban <p>Activist groups are planning to ask Utah&rsquo;s state Air Quality Board to support a complete ban on wood burning for Utah&#39;s urban counties.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:11:07 +0000 Dan Bammes 36183 at http://kuer.org Groups Ask DAQ to Support Wood Burning Ban Stericycle Denies Air Pollution Violations http://kuer.org/post/stericycle-denies-air-pollution-violations <p></p><p></p><p>As activists and community members step up the pressure to shut down a North Salt Lake medical waste incinerator, Stericycle officials are denying the company violated emissions limits or rigged stack test results. They are <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Public-Interest/Current-Issues/stericycle/docs/2013/09Sep/Stericycle_ReqAgencyAct_09-27-13.pdf">challenging</a> a list of citations filed by Utah regulators against the company&#39;s incinerator. That means the beginning of a legal process that could take months.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:11:51 +0000 Andrea Smardon 36130 at http://kuer.org Stericycle Denies Air Pollution Violations Stericycle May Move Incinerator Out of North Salt Lake http://kuer.org/post/stericycle-may-move-incinerator-out-north-salt-lake <p></p><p>As angry residents continue to protest Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator and its toxic emissions, some local officials have been discussing the possibility of moving the plant to another location.</p><p>North Salt Lake Mayor Len Arave met with Stericycle’s &nbsp;Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs earlier this week. He says he thinks the incinerator should find another home outside the city, and that Stericycle may be open to that possibility.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:12:39 +0000 Andrea Smardon 35268 at http://kuer.org Stericycle May Move Incinerator Out of North Salt Lake State Air Quality Plan Ready for Public Comment http://kuer.org/post/state-air-quality-plan-ready-public-comment <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s State Air Quality Board has given its preliminary approval to a new plan for meeting federal air quality regulations on the Wasatch Front.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Most of the residents of the valley are going to be breathing clean air sooner than 2019, so that’s a good thing," Bill Reiss, a planner with the Utah Division of Air Quality, explained to the Board of Air Quality.</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:36:27 +0000 Dan Bammes 35259 at http://kuer.org State Air Quality Plan Ready for Public Comment DAQ to Release Draft Air Plan September 11th http://kuer.org/post/daq-release-draft-air-plan-september-11th <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The state of Utah missed a deadline last December for submitting a plan to federal authorities to reduce air pollution on the Wasatch Front.&nbsp; But the public will get a look at a new draft plan in a couple of weeks.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:04:02 +0000 Dan Bammes 34538 at http://kuer.org DAQ to Release Draft Air Plan September 11th Erin Brockovich Takes on Stericycle’s North Salt Lake Incinerator http://kuer.org/post/erin-brockovich-takes-stericycle-s-north-salt-lake-incinerator <p></p><p>Environmental activist <a href="http://www.brockovich.com/">Erin Brockovich</a> is turning her attention to North Salt Lake City. At the request of residents, Brockovich and her team have decided to conduct an independent investigation into air pollution violations by <a href="http://www.stericycle.com/">Stericycle</a> and the company’s medical waste incinerator. Angry residents and activists are protesting in front of Stericycle Thursday evening demanding that Governor Gary Herbert shut it down.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:39:38 +0000 Andrea Smardon 34008 at http://kuer.org Erin Brockovich Takes on Stericycle’s North Salt Lake Incinerator Frustrated Neighbors Step up Pressure on Stericycle's Medical Waste Incinerator http://kuer.org/post/frustrated-neighbors-step-pressure-stericycles-medical-waste-incinerator <p></p><p>Activist groups and North Salt Lake residents are planning another protest of <a href="http://www.stericycle.com/">Stericycle</a>, a medical waste incinerator accused of violating pollution limits and falsifying emissions tests.&nbsp; The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/371160626320756/">event on August 15<sup>th</sup></a> is being planned after state regulators gave the company a second extension to decide if it will challenge the allegations against them.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:40:09 +0000 Andrea Smardon 33593 at http://kuer.org Frustrated Neighbors Step up Pressure on Stericycle's Medical Waste Incinerator Audit Finds Problems at Utah Division of Air Quality http://kuer.org/post/audit-finds-problems-utah-division-air-quality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Utah Division of Air Quality regulates airborne dust and other pollution from sand and gravel operations – and a <a href="http://le.utah.gov/audit/13_04rpt.pdf">new legislative audit</a> says it could be doing a better job. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Legislative Auditor General’s office cites lost paperwork, long delays and enforcement of permits that haven’t been issued yet as problems in the way the division regulates sand and gravel operations.</span></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:07:41 +0000 Dan Bammes 32128 at http://kuer.org Audit Finds Problems at Utah Division of Air Quality Stericycle May Lose its Permit to Operate Medical Waste Incinerator http://kuer.org/post/stericycle-may-lose-its-permit-operate-medical-waste-incinerator <p></p><p>The state’s Director of the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) says there is a possibility the agency will revoke the permit of Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake.&nbsp; DAQ Director Bryce Bird met with concerned members of the community, and health and environmental advocates today (WED). They called on the agency to shut down the incinerator, which they say is an urgent public health threat.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 22:49:43 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31869 at http://kuer.org Stericycle May Lose its Permit to Operate Medical Waste Incinerator North Salt Lake Residents Upset About Unfiltered Emissions from Medical Waste Incinerator http://kuer.org/post/north-salt-lake-residents-upset-about-unfiltered-emissions-medical-waste-incinerator <p>North Salt Lake residents are stepping up pressure to close a medical waste incinerator in their neighborhood. Environmental and health advocates are joining them in a protest outside Stericycle’s incinerator Tuesday evening, and representatives from the group will be meeting with the Director of the state’s Division of Air Quality to voice their concerns Wednesday morning. Among the protestors concerns is the use of a bypass stack which allows the company to release unfiltered, toxic pollutants like dioxin and mercury directly into the air.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 22:25:42 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31822 at http://kuer.org North Salt Lake Residents Upset About Unfiltered Emissions from Medical Waste Incinerator Why Environmental Activists Want a North Salt Lake Medical Waste Incinerator Closed Down http://kuer.org/post/why-environmental-activists-want-north-salt-lake-medical-waste-incinerator-closed-down <p>Environmental advocates and concerned residents will be holding a protest Tuesday evening at Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake. They want the incinerator – which emits dioxins and other toxic chemicals - shut down.</p><p>Protest organizer Bradley Angel is Director of <a href="http://greenaction.org/">Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice.</a> He says Stericycle’s incinerator is a direct threat to the health of the families in the neighborhood.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 23:40:17 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31774 at http://kuer.org Why Environmental Activists Want a North Salt Lake Medical Waste Incinerator Closed Down Herbert Asks Public to Take Responsibility for Clean Air http://kuer.org/post/herbert-asks-public-take-responsibility-clean-air <p>Governor Gary Herbert demonstrated three simple things Utahns can do to help lower harmful emissions as he kicked off Clean Air Month at a house across the street from the State Capitol today.</p><p>Governor Herbert says Utahns aren’t always aware of the simple ways we can help clean up the air but gave these three tips while declaring May Clean Air Month. One could update older fuel storage containers, use paints with low amounts of volatile organic compounds, and replace gas powered yard equipment with cleaner alternatives.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 22:02:16 +0000 Brian Grimmett 28711 at http://kuer.org Herbert Asks Public to Take Responsibility for Clean Air Will Utah Weigh in on EPA’s New Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standards? http://kuer.org/post/will-utah-weigh-epa-s-new-cleaner-fuels-and-cars-standards <p></p><p>The federal Environmental Protection Agency is now taking public comment on <a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/eb163eb6d4c6c53585257b3d004cb646!OpenDocument">proposed new cleaner fuels and cars standards</a>.&nbsp;Known as Tier 3 of the Clean Air Act Amendments, they’re designed to improve air quality and public health by reducing the sulfur content of gasoline and making cars more efficient.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:18:47 +0000 Andrea Smardon 28201 at http://kuer.org Will Utah Weigh in on EPA’s New Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standards? Clearing the Air: Big Industry http://kuer.org/post/clearing-air-big-industry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The air pollution that we can see suspended in the cold air trapped during Utah’s infamous temperature inversions is called PM 2.5 – particulate matter 2.5 microns in diameter or smaller.&nbsp; Just how much of that comes from large industrial polluters is a subject of some dispute, along with just what should be done about it.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dan Bammes has the third in our series of reports on <a href="http://radiowest.kuer.org/topic/clearing-air">Clearing the Air</a>.</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Dan Bammes 25644 at http://kuer.org Clearing the Air: Big Industry Utah Looks in Bathroom Cupboards to Reduce Air Pollution http://kuer.org/post/utah-looks-bathroom-cupboards-reduce-air-pollution <p>Most strategies to reduce air pollution in northern Utah focus on emissions from cars and industry, but the state’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is targeting another source of pollution – the products in our bathroom cupboards, cleaning closets, and garage shelves.&nbsp; The DAQ board will consider a <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Air-Quality-Board/Packets/2013/February/ITEM_X_R307-357.pdf">new rule </a>Wednesday that would regulate consumer products containing volatile organic compounds.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:45:38 +0000 Andrea Smardon 24594 at http://kuer.org Utah Looks in Bathroom Cupboards to Reduce Air Pollution Salt Lake Chamber Makes Business Case for Clean Air http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-chamber-makes-business-case-clean-air <p></p><p></p><p>Utah business leaders are making a case for why clean air is integral to a strong economy. At the Salt Lake Chamber’s 2<sup>nd</sup> Annual Clean Air Conference this morning<strong>&nbsp;</strong>panelists from the <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/">Utah division of Air Quality</a>, Wasatch Front Regional Council and <a href="http://www.overstock.com">Overstock.com</a> discussed how environmental responsibility can benefit bottom lines and improve quality of life for everyone.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:41:25 +0000 Whittney Evans 21703 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake Chamber Makes Business Case for Clean Air Advocates Worry Utah’s New Air Quality Alert System Will Make Public Complacent http://kuer.org/post/advocates-worry-utah-s-new-air-quality-alert-system-will-make-public-complacent <p>Utah’s new air pollution alert system has some health advocacy groups concerned.&nbsp; Under the new system announced Monday by the Utah Division of Air Quality, there will be fewer days that will trigger a Red Air Action alert.&nbsp; Red Air days are considered to be unhealthy for everyone.&nbsp; In the current system, they are triggered when PM2.5 levels are at 35 micrograms per cubic meter.&nbsp; The new system raises the threshold to 55.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:35:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon 21626 at http://kuer.org Advocates Worry Utah’s New Air Quality Alert System Will Make Public Complacent