Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment http://kuer.org en Provocative Clean-Air Advocate Boosts Utah Debate http://kuer.org/post/provocative-clean-air-advocate-boosts-utah-debate <p></p><p></p><p>For years, Utah’s air pollution problem was virtually ignored by policy makers -- even when the air was foul for weeks at a time. But a growing activist movement has made the issue a top priority for a majority of Utahns, thanks in large part to Moench.</p><p>He stood on the State Capitol steps last January in front of thousands of people. Winter smog surrounded them.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 46000 at http://kuer.org Provocative Clean-Air Advocate Boosts Utah Debate 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 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 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 Clean Air Groups Challenge Kennecott Expansion http://kuer.org/post/clean-air-groups-challenge-kennecott-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A hearing is underway this afternoon in federal court on a challenge to </span>Kennecott’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plan to expand the Bingham Canyon copper mine.&nbsp; Representatives from Utah Moms for Clean Air, Wild Earth Guardians, the Sierra Club and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment all say </span>Kennecott<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> can’t move ahead with its expansion without approval from the Environmental Protection Agency.&nbsp; Doctor Brian </span>Moench<span style="line-height Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:12:45 +0000 Dan Bammes 35860 at http://kuer.org Clean Air Groups Challenge Kennecott Expansion Earth Day Demonstration at Governor's Mansion http://kuer.org/post/earth-day-demonstration-governors-mansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Utah Governor Gary Herbert is out of the country right now on a trade mission in Israel.&nbsp; But that didn’t stop environmentalists from holding an Earth Day rally right in front of the Governor’s Mansion on South Temple.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As traffic whizzed by on one of Salt Lake City’s busiest streets, demonstrators wrote their messages of protest on blue ribbons.&nbsp; They had to tie them to a volleyball net because they weren’t allowed to put them on the governor’s wrought-iron fence.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:20:53 +0000 Dan Bammes 28182 at http://kuer.org Earth Day Demonstration at Governor's Mansion Clearing the Air: Health Consequences http://kuer.org/post/clearing-air-health-consequences <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah physicians declared a public health emergency in the middle of a particularly bad air pollution season this year, pointing to spikes in ER visits, respiratory and cardiovascular episodes, and even deaths.&nbsp; Governor Gary Herbert declined to declare an emergency and says that some activists are exaggerating the problem. In the final story in our series of reports on </span><a href="http://radiowest.kuer.org/topic/clearing-air" style="line-height: 1.5;">Clearing the Air</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>KUER<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> looks at what we know and don’t know about the health effects of Utah’s air pollution.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:38:40 +0000 Andrea Smardon 26314 at http://kuer.org Clearing the Air: Health Consequences 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