Environment & Public Lands
5:36 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

EPA Official Helps Salt Lake City Launch Energy Initiative

Rama via Wikimedia Commons

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection agency joined Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker at the downtown Library today to challenge local businesses and institutions to save money and reduce pollution by consuming less energy. 

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Environment & Public Lands
11:55 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New EPA Rules Boost the Cost of Power from Coal

Diagram of underground carbon dioxide sequestration
University of Utah Carbon Science and Engineering Research Group

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules that would require new coal-fired power plants to capture carbon dioxide rather than sending it into the air.  University of Utah Professor Brian McPherson, who’s worked on ways to “sequester” carbon dioxide, says that could raise the cost of new coal plants to the point they’re no longer practical.  And he says the new rules give natural gas fired power plants an unfair advantage.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:04 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

DAQ to Release Draft Air Plan September 11th

Winter inversion day
Erik Crossman - University of Utah

  The state of Utah missed a deadline last December for submitting a plan to federal authorities to reduce air pollution on the Wasatch Front.  But the public will get a look at a new draft plan in a couple of weeks.

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10:29 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Rowland Hall Breaks Ground for Athletic Fields

Trustees of the private Rowland Hall school break ground for new athletic fields
Dan Bammes

  A crowd cheered Wednesday as volunteer Rin Harris started up a bulldozer to break ground for new athletic fields for Rowland Hall - St. Mark's School in Salt Lake City.  It took years of work and an act of Congress for the school to buy the 13-acre property between Guardsman Way and the Mount Olivet cemetery.  The initial plan calls for soccer fields and restrooms that will be used by both the younger students who go to school next door and older students who currently attend classes down the hill on Lincoln Street.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:02 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Herbert Asks Public to Take Responsibility for Clean Air

Gov. Herbert gives three tips on how individual Utahns can help reduce air pollution
Brian Grimmett

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.

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.

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Environment & Public Lands
10:18 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Will Utah Weigh in on EPA’s New Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standards?

File: Gas Pump

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is now taking public comment on proposed new cleaner fuels and cars standards. 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. 

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Environment & Public Lands
1:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Utah DEQ Ready For New EPA Chief

Gina McCarthy

  The head of Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality says she’s had a good experience working with the person picked to head the federal Environmental Protection Agency.  Gina McCarthy was head of E-P-A’s air quality division until President Obama tapped her for the top job this week.

Amanda Smith at  DEQ says she’s optimistic McCarthy will be able to work with the state on Utah’s unique problems, such as winter ozone in the Uintah Basin.

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Environment & Public Lands
9:49 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Local Clean Air Advocates Challenge EPA

Arches National Park
Andrea Smardon

Clean air advocates filed a legal challenge last week against the US Environmental Protection Agency, claiming a new policy allows some coal-fired power plants to continue releasing haze-causing pollutants in Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.  Environmental organization HEAL Utah was one of the groups who filed the challenge with the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver. 

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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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