clean air

Environment & Public Lands
8:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Provocative Clean-Air Advocate Boosts Utah Debate

Brian Moench speaks at a news conference in the State Capitol. The anesthesiologist's style is provocative and -- to some -- polarizing.
Credit Andrea Smardon / KUER News

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.

He stood on the State Capitol steps last January in front of thousands of people. Winter smog surrounded them.

Moench, the leader and founder of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, called on the crowd to continue prodding Utah lawmakers to clear the skies.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:40 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Utah-Mexico Trade Mission Aims for More Business, Less Smog

Oliver Alfaro talks to a reporter for KULX Telemundo Utah, a Spanish-language television station. Alfaro is an international tax manager for Deloitte who helped organize Governor Gary Herbert's upcoming trade mission to Mexico.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News


Utah companies want to do business with Mexico, and more than three dozen of them are joining Governor Gary Herbert on a trade mission next week to swap ideas about improving commerce and quality of life.

Utah exports about $500 million to Mexico every year. Speaking at the Governors Economic Development Summit in Salt Lake on Thursday, Herbert said he believes there’s room to grow.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:06 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Air Quality Commands Lawmakers' Attention

Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Holladay, speaks at the pre-Legislature rally attended by thousands of Utahns fed up with poor air quality. Arent created the Clean Air Caucus, whose members championed several bills to passage during the 2014 Session.
Credit Judy Fahys


  The Salt Lake Valley was choking with winter pollution as the Legislature convened in January. Lawmakers were compelled to step up to the challenge to clear the air.

Thousands of Utahns rallied for air pollution solutions outside the state Capitol the weekend before lawmakers settled in. No one could remember another time that so many people came together to demand a stop to the smog. Sara Baldwin Auck is an advocate for Utah Clean Energy.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:01 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Quarter for Clean Air Bill Heads to Senate

The Sugar House streetcar is one of the transit projects that gets cars office the road. The Quarter for Clean Air bill is would help remove even more pollution from Utah's air.
Credit Utah Transit Authority

The Utah House passed a bill Friday to allow communities to raise local sales tax rates to pay for transit projects. Supporters say it would help clean up Utah’s air.

Utah’s clean air advocates like the Quarter for Clean Air bill. So do local communities that would like revenue to put more buses on the road and expand service hours. Justin Jones is communications director for the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. He says Utah’s business sees it as an important keep Utah growing wisely.

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Science & Technology
3:51 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

House Approves Tax Incentives For Alternative Fueled Vehicles

Flickr: TheDigitel Myrtle Beach

A bill that could make purchasing an alternative fuel vehicle, like an electric car, a little easier on the pocket book passed out of the Utah House Tuesday.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:48 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Bill Expanding Tax Credits for Electric Vehicles Moves Ahead

HB 74 provides a $2500 tax credit to purchasers of electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf
Nissan USA

  A bill that would provide a 25-hundred dollar tax credit to buyers of electric vehicles won approval in a Utah House committee yesterday.  House Bill 74 makes the credit available for all-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt.  Brooke Scott was one of a handful of citizens who testified in favor of the bill.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:03 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

UCAIR Becomes a Private Non-Profit

Shawni McAllister is the new Executive Director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership or UCAIR
Bob Nelson

State officials re-launched the Utah Clean Air Partnership or UCAIR today as a non-profit entity with a a new board of directors.  

Governor Gary Herbert gathered many new members of the UCAIR board in West Valley City on Tuesday to announce changes to the organization. Until now, UCAIR had been a state-run organization dedicated to improving the state’s air quality. Governor Herbert says reorganizing the day-to-day management of UCAIR was always a goal.

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-KUER News Pod
12:09 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday March 1, 2013

The Utah House looks at tax credits for clean fuel vehicles, Governor Herbert is against a bill eliminating the need for a concealed carry permit, and legislators join a coalition of groups from the private sector to promote workplace safety.

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KUER Local News
3:02 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

UTA, UDOT, and Salt Lake City Kick Off the Year of the Bike

Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and a number of other regional and state leaders joined together to announce several new projects and events that will make riding a bike throughout the county easier and safer. Becker says they’ve received more positive feedback from their bike initiatives over the past few years than anything else and that this year it will only get better.

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