environment

Environment & Public Lands
3:47 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Utah Bill Lets State Get Tougher on Air Pollution Laws

Utah House lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow state-specific solutions to air pollution.

Republican Rep. Becky Edwards, R- North Salt Lake, has a bill to loosen a law that prevents state environmental rules from being stricter than federal ones. She says Utah knows how to clean up its air better than the federal government does.

“HB121 allows for local control to address our local needs,” says Edwards. “This is another example of how states are more effective and do things better than the federal one-size-fits all solutions.”

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Education
2:35 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

U's Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

View above the southeast entry to the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building on Wasatch Drive at the University of Utah.
Credit Bob Nelson

The Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building on the University of Utah campus has just received the Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. That certification mandates the entire building project including the finished product be environmentally responsible, designed to be energy efficient, improve air and water quality while reducing waste. Ted McAleer is the executive director of U-Star, the Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative.

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Politics
9:10 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Many Left Unheard at Congressman Stewart's Salt Lake City Town Hall

Rep. Chris Stewart (R) of Utah's 2nd district speaks to constituents at Avenues Sweet Library in Salt Lake City.
Andrea Smardon

There was a packed house for Utah Congressman Chris Stewart’s Town Hall in Salt Lake City last night. In fact, there were many who didn’t get into the small library conference room in the Avenues neighborhood. Constituents had questions about the Congressman’s stance on environmental protection, immigration reform, and military action in Syria, but a number of people left feeling they did not have their voices heard.

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Environment & Public Lands
7:40 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Mary Evelyn Tucker: Religion and Ecology

Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University
Emerging Earth Community

  The University of Utah College of Law is hosting the annual Stegner Symposium this week, focusing on Religion, Faith and the Environment. Increasingly, people of faith are citing their beliefs as a major motivation for protecting the environment and caring for those at the margins of society.

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Business & Labor
3:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Kennecott Reports Landslide At Bingham Canyon Mine

North wall of the Bingham Canyon Mine after the slide
Kennecott Utah Copper

Ground movement at the Bingham Canyon Mine resulted in a landslide last night. The slide occurred around 9:30 p.m. on the North side of the mine near where the visitor’s center was previously located. Kennecott Utah Copper spokesman Kyle Bennett says all employees at the mine are safe and accounted for. All work at the mine has also been suspended until geotechnical experts get a better assessment of the situation.

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-KUER News Pod
1:14 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday April 11, 2013

UTA debuts its new TRAX line to the airport, Chevron begins cleanup in Willard Bay, and a U of U researcher is getting an up close and never before seen view snowflakes.

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-KUER News Pod
12:21 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 9, 2013

Salt Lake City launches a new bike sharing program, outdoor businesses call on the president to protect land around Utah’s national parks, and a wind storm brings gusts up to 50 miles an hour to the Wasatch front.

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-KUER News Pod
12:37 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 26, 2013

The U.S. Interior Department announces a plan to develop Utah tar sands, a sweetheart deal could end up saving Salt Lake County millions of dollars, and the University of Utah begins an investigation into their swim team.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

House Democrats Propose Six New Air Quality Bills

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

 A group of Democratic legislators are introducing six new bills in an effort to help tackle Utah’s poor air quality.

The content of the proposed bills ranges from offering free passes for UTA Buses and TRAX trains to allowing the state to put in place stricter restrictions than the Environmental Protection Agency already requires. Representative Joel Briscoe is sponsoring the bill that would fund giving away free UTA passes. He says even with a tight budget this is something that should be attainable.

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KUER Local News
4:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Utah Wildfires Spurring Two New GOP Sponsored Bills

Pictured left to right Summit County Sheriff Edwards, State Forester Dick Beuhler, Senator Margaret Dayton and Representative Curtis Oda.
Credit Bob Nelson

Lawmakers, the state forester, local law enforcement and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation are trying to build support for two bills that deal with an intense wildfire season expected again this Summer. Both are sponsored by Republican Senator Margaret Dayton.  Senate Bill 62 would expand the governor’s ability to authorize all water sources needed to fight fires while SB 120 would put time and place restrictions on target shooting. State Forester Dick Buehler says just a small fraction of the 1528 wildfires last year were started by target shooters.

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-KUER News Pod
12:03 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday February 7, 2013

Utahns crowd into Governor Herbert’s Capitol office demanding clean air, the LDS church weighs in on boy Scouts and gays, and local political and environmental leaders give their take on President Obama’s new Secretary of the Interior appointment.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Water Tax Bill Gets Stuck in Committee

File: Rotunda of Utah Capitol
Brian Grimmett

The Senate Revenue and Taxation committee chose not to move on a bill that would have allowed the state to tax water usage.

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-KUER News Pod
3:57 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday January 28, 2013

The Utah State Legislature begins today with many new faces, clean air advocates files a lawsuit against the EPA, and Congressmen Jim Matheson introduces legislation to limit kids’ access to violent video games.

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-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
6:30 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Attract Unique Blend of Public and Private Regulation

Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Management Boat
Credit Utah Department of Natural Resources / Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The Great Salt Lake occasionally smells strange during the summer and then there’s the “lake effect” in the winter. But within the waters of North America's most salty lake lies a unique variety of brine shrimp species that has spawned a rare public/private partnership between the Utah Department of Natural Resources and more than a dozen businesses.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Utah Congressmen Push for More Energy Development in Utah, Environmental Groups Push Back

Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Rob Bishop, and Congressman Chris Stewart speak at the Governor's Energy Development Summit
Brian Grimmett

Members of Utah’s congressional delegation called for more energy development during a panel at the Governor’s Energy Development Summit. But the discussion wasn’t without some push back from local environmental advocacy groups.

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-KUER News Pod
12:49 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday January 8, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into office for his first full term, new Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams holds an inauguration ceremony of his own, and environmental groups show concern over the acquisition of EnergySolutions.

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-KUER News Pod
11:43 am
Thu December 27, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday December 27, 2012

The Salt Lake Tribune names its Utahns of the Year, Several Utah cities designate city parks as Christmas Tree drop off zones, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance moves forward with a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management.

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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
11:48 am
Tue December 11, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday December 11, 2012

The Utah Transit Authority makes some major schedule changes, the Utah Division of Water Quality finalizes its work on the Red Butte Creek oil spill, and a new study shows how Utah could benefit from the Missouri river.

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KUER Local News
10:07 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Salt Lake City Public Safety Building Nears Completion

Salt Lake City’s new public safety building is expected to produce as much energy as it uses and bring the city’s Police, Fire, and Emergency Operations Departments closer together.  Media donned hard hats and bright orange vests last week to tour the the building, which  is slated for completion this June.

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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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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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KUER Local News
11:29 am
Tue November 20, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 20, 2012

Governor Herbert sends a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the “Tar Sands Monster” pays a visit to downtown Salt Lake City, and the Utah State Board of Regents OK’s a policy change that could increase college tuition for those who drag their feet.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:21 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Protesters Challenge Tar Sands Decision

The "Tar Sands Monster" makes an appearance at a demonstration against tar sands development in Utah.
Dan Bammes

About two dozen demonstrators gathered outside the Bureau of Land Management Office at the Gateway to offer their own "People's Environmental Impact Statement" on tar sands.  They object to a decision by the federal government to make more than 130,000 acres available for tar sands development in Utah.  Right now, the only active tar sands project in Utah is the proposed U.S.

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KUER Local News
11:42 am
Mon November 19, 2012

KUER News Pod: Monday November 19, 2012

The U.S. Interior Department triggers a high-flow release at Glen Canyon Dam, Dixie State College continues its search for a new name, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival receives its largest cash donation ever.

KUER Local News
12:34 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday November 15, 2012

The state Legislature discusses a proposal to fix the state’s data security issues, the governor’s public lands policy coordinator says a lot more study needs to be done before taking over federal lands, and Salt Lake City conducts a community food assessment.

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KUER Local News
10:56 am
Wed November 14, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 14, 2012

KUER Local News
2:08 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 23, 2012

Utah businesses learn about expanding to global markets, dozens of locations open their doors up for early voting, and Salt Lake County begins a curbside glass recycling program.

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