air quality

-KUER News Pod
11:52 am
Tue January 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday January 22, 2013

The Utah Sheriff’s Association says they will not enforce federal gun laws they see as unconstitutional, air quality warnings are absent from UDOT signs, and people across the Salt Lake Valley spend their day serving others to honor Martin Luther King.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:13 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

UDOT Signs Silent on Air Quality

UDOT uses dozens of variable message signs to communicate important information to motorists.
Utah Department of Transportation

Two events that attract tens of thousands of visitors to Utah are taking place this week: The Sundance Film Festival and the winter Outdoor Retailers show. Some activist groups are wondering if there's an effort to avoid drawing attention to the state's lousy air quality while they're in town.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:30 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Refinery Promises Cleaner Air

Holly-Frontier oil refinery, Woods Cross, Utah
Utah Division of Air Quality

The Holly oil refinery in Woods Cross is promising to reduce its air pollution significantly at the same time it's expanding to handle twice as much crude oil from eastern Utah.

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KUER Local News
3:44 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

KUER News Pod: Friday December 14, 2012

Salt Lake County delays their vote on a proposed tax increase, a Utah family sues the Millard County sheriff over the shooting death of their son, and the Utah Air Quality Board scraps their plan to meet federal standards.

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KUER Local News
12:55 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday December 6, 2012

The Utah Air Quality Board approves a controversial emissions testing program, the Provo Airport welcomes a new tenant, and a state legislator proposes a new motorcycle helmet law.

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KUER Local News
12:10 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday December 4, 2012

The Utah Air Quality Board looks at creating stricter regulations, Governor Gary Herbert says Utah is “ready and willing” to host another Olympic games, and teen unemployment rates continue to remain high.

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Environment & Public Lands
9:08 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Utah Facing Tough New Air Quality Regulations

John Chevalier at his auto body repair shop in Ogden
Dan Bammes

The Utah Air Quality Board will meet tomorrow to look at a new set of state regulations aimed at cleaning up winter air pollution.  The new rules would impose stricter standards in Cache County as well as the Wasatch Front.  The new plan has to meet standards set by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency, with federal highway funding at risk if it fails.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:41 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Salt Lake Chamber Makes Business Case for Clean Air

Utah business leaders are making a case for why clean air is integral to a strong economy. At the Salt Lake Chamber’s 2nd Annual Clean Air Conference this morning panelists from the Utah division of Air Quality, Wasatch Front Regional Council and discussed how environmental responsibility can benefit bottom lines and improve quality of life for everyone. 

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Environment & Public Lands
10:35 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Advocates Worry Utah’s New Air Quality Alert System Will Make Public Complacent

Bryce Bird, director of the state's Division of Air Quality and Amanda Smith, executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality explain the new air quality alert system on November 26, 2012.
Bob Nelson

Utah’s new air pollution alert system has some health advocacy groups concerned.  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.  Red Air days are considered to be unhealthy for everyone.  In the current system, they are triggered when PM2.5 levels are at 35 micrograms per cubic meter.  The new system raises the threshold to 55. 

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KUER Local News
11:50 am
Tue November 27, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 27, 2012

The University of Utah announces changes to their admission policy, the Utah Division of Air Quality cracks down on wood burning stoves, and the state officially certifies all election results.

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9:19 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Environment

Winter cold air inversions trap pollution in the valleys of northern Utah.
Erik Crossman - University of Utah

Concern about the environment moved up a notch this year in the Utah Foundation’s survey of issues important to voters.  And while there are many aspects of that issue to look at, voters insist air pollution is at the top of their environmental agenda

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Environment & Public Lands
6:01 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Cache County Looking for Alternatives to Vehicle Emissions Testing

Governor Gary Herbert will meet with Cache County officials Wednesday in Logan to talk about air quality.  County officials requested the meeting with the Governor to express their concerns about state plans to expand vehicle emissions testing. 

Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon says the majority of the people in his region do not want emissions testing on vehicles.  That’s why the County Council voted against it.  Lemon says the state should not impose this policy against the will of the county.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:45 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Smoke Pushes Air Pollution Levels

Utah Dept. of Health

Smoke from distant wildfires has pushed air pollution levels well above federal health standards in Utah this week.  Fine particulate pollution (PM 2.5) topped 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air on Tuesday afternoon.  Schools aren't required to keep kids indoors during recess until that level reaches 90.  But Doctor Michell Hofmann, a pediatrician at the University of Utah School of Medicine says school administrators and coaches need to think about how many days kids have been breathing bad air as well as just how bad it might be on a given day.

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