Category: Featured

Moab + Uranium = Radon

Radon experts from the west and southwest region of the U.S. traveled to Moab in April to take part in the Region 8 Radon Conference. Moab was a uranium mining homestead for many and much of the area’s minerals have assisted with nuclear weaponry and energy for our country.

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Online Lawn Mower Exchange Cuts Pollution in Utah

Residents of Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, and Weber counties have the opportunity to upgrade their gas lawn mowers to battery-powered electric through the Online Lawn Mower Exchange program. Electric lawn mowers are quieter, easier to use, and better for Utah’s air.

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Help Clear the Air With Free Fare February

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is offering free fares during the entire month of February. That includes UTA’s entire service area on all bus and rail services, Ski Bus, paratransit service, the Park City-SLC Connect, and UTA On Demand in southwestern Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City – Westside.

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Environmental Protection Agency Announces Cleanup at Utah Superfund Site: Jacobs Smelter to receive Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funds

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the Jacobs Smelter Superfund Site in Stockton, Utah, will receive Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding. The funds will provide critical cleanup and work to protect human and environmental health. The Stockton site is among 49 sites across the country benefiting from the $1 billion investment from the BIL. “This funding …

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Utah Department of Environmental Quality Celebrates 30th Anniversary: Safeguarding and Improving Utah’s Air, Land and Water Through Balanced Regulation Since 1991

On July 1, 1991 the Utah Department of Environmental Quality was born. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary it’s important to look back on how the agency was created. It was former Governor Norm Bangerter who suggested DEQ become its own agency. It was created by consolidating six environmental health bureaus housed in the Utah …

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Utah Students Challenged to Raise Awareness of Radon in Utah:
Elevated levels of radon found in 1 in 3 Utah homes tested

Utah students are invited to get creative and bring awareness of radon in Utah by participating in the 2021 National Radon Poster Contest. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Radon Program is coordinating this year’s contest in partnership with the Center for Disease Control Epidemiology Tracking Program, local health departments and the U.S. Environmental …

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Doug Hansen Named DWMRC Director

DEQ Executive Director Kim Shelley announced today that she has appointed Doug Hansen as the new director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (DWMRC). Hansen currently serves as the program manager for the Underground Storage Tank Section within the Division of Environmental Response and Remediation.

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What can SBEAP do for you?

What Can SBEAP Do for YOU?

“After contacting the DEQ with our issues, multiple communications were addressed in a professional and timely manner. We were impressed with the great support for our small company.” – ES3 (Engineering and Software System Solutions) “Thank you for all your help! The meeting was very beneficial and will help Tyson stay ahead of what we …

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DEQ and Salt Lake School District Partner to Bring Electric School Buses to Utah

DEQ and Salt Lake School District Partner to Bring Electric School Buses to Utah

Beginning today, some students in the Rose Park area will be traveling to and from the classroom in new electric buses. The electric buses replace diesel buses, and were chosen to operate in areas with higher pollution levels. The buses will be the first of their kind in Utah, thanks to a partnership between Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

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Utah DEQ Names Ty Howard as Deputy Director

Ty Howard Named DEQ Deputy Director

DEQ Executive Director Kim Shelley announced today that she has appointed current Waste Management and Radiation Control (WMRC) director Ty Howard to be the deputy director of the Department.

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2020 State of the Environment

Executive Director Message
2020 State of the Environment Report

At the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) our job is to improve the lives of all Utahns — from the Beehive State’s rural backbone to its heart along the Wasatch Front. The State of the Environment report is our annual opportunity to showcase some of DEQ’s many successes. In this report, you will learn …

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Inversion Season 2020-2021

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, we sat down with Utah DEQ’s Division of Air Quality Monitoring Manager Bo Call to learn about how Utah’s air quality is monitored, how it’s improving and what it will look like this inversion season.

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