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Transparency in Government: DEQ’s Commitment to You

By DEQ Communications Office “Government records belong to the citizens of the state, who have a legal right to open and fair access.” – Utah’s GRAMA and Open Government website March 11-17, 2018 was Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of the benefits of open access to public information to citizens, communities, and government. Utah held …

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Legislative Session Helps Protect Air, Land and Water

By Scott Baird The atmosphere at the State Capitol Thursday night was one of mixed emotions. Legislators (and those of us that work with them) were both elated and exhausted as they completed the annual 45-day session of the Utah State Legislature. This year’s appropriations and legislation ensure that we can continue our ongoing work of safeguarding …

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DEQ Values in Action: Exceptional Service

By Jared Mendenhall The mess, pun intended, started in the mid-2000s. This is when two entrepreneurial college students bought a metal plating company in Northern Utah. Along with the company they unknowingly purchased a large amount of hazardous waste. The problem came to their attention a few years later during a routine inspection from Utah’s …

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DEQ Employees Take Opportunity to Clear the Air

By Jared Mendenhall Forty-eight percent of winter air pollution along the Wasatch Front comes from mobile sources. Mobile source pollution is the emissions produced by cars and trucks. Reducing these emissions, is one of the easiest things residents can do to improve air quality. During February, the Salt Lake Chamber sponsors the Clear the Air …

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Air Quality, Your Health, and Transportation at Intermountain Healthcare

By Steve Bergstrom Guest Blogger Poor air quality affects everyone. It is especially hard on children, elderly and those with asthma, lung disease, cardiovascular disease and risk of stroke. Also, research is showing a strong connection between poor air quality and developmental issues with the fetus, increased respiratory infections, and neurologic conditions. One-third of Utah’s population …

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Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is
Safeguarding and improving Utah’s air, land and water through balanced regulation.

Your interest and involvement can make a difference. We hope this website provides you with easy access to information as we continue our partnership to enhance Utah's environment.