Category: Featured

Taking Stock of Emissions in Utah

Air pollution along the Wasatch Front comes from a lot of different sources. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality works deliberately and tirelessly to understand the sources of air-quality-deteriorating-emissions and how to reduce them to improve air quality.

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New DEQ Tech Support Center Open

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s new 21,500-square-foot Tech Support Center contains labs, storage for scientific equipment, and areas for sampling and analyzing work. The grand opening is set for May 21, 2019.

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Smoky Vehicles = Smoggy Air: Nothing to Belch About

Tailpipes are the No. 1 cause of air pollution and the problem is a health risk. For that reason, Utah has Vehicle Emissions Control, Inspection and Maintenance programs in five counties: Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber administered by the local health departments.

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DEQ Bids Farewell to Brad Johnson

At the end of April, DEQ will bid farewell to longtime Deputy Director Brad Johnson. Brad has been with the department for more than 30 years and contributed immensely to our mission to safeguard and protect Utah air, land and water.

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Mobile Monitors Help Pinpoint Wood Smoke Sources

Researchers from across the state gathered at Utah State University on March 28 for the third annual Air Quality: Science for Solutions conference. Jesse Glisson, along with researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah and the Division of Air Quality, presented new research into understanding the contribution of woodsmoke to PM2.5 levels.

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2019 Utah State Legislature Roundup

Thursday night marked the end of the 2019 Utah State Legislature. For more than six weeks, lawmakers have worked tirelessly in Salt Lake City setting the state’s budget and passing laws. Here is a recap of all the environment-related happenings.

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Cut Pollution: Mow Electric

Starting Tuesday, residents in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele and Utah counties will have an opportunity to cut harmful summertime air pollution by participating in the 2019 State of Utah Lawn Mower Exchange. This spring swap your old, dirty lawn mower for a clean electric one. Only $99 (plus tax) with an exchange.

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Sandy City Drinking Water Update

DEQ’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) continues to evaluate drinking-water sample results from Sandy City. Drinking Water Director Marie Owens issued the following update on sampling results on February 24, 2019.

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Air Quality Researchers Hunt for PM2.5 Precursors

Researchers from DEQ, EPA, the University of Utah, Utah State University, and BYU joined forces for the Wasatch Front Ammonia and Chloride Observations (WaFACO) study. The study is looking for sources of ammonia on the Wasatch Front—a precursor to PM2.5.

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DEQ Employees Take The Clear The Air Challenge

During February, the Salt Lake Chamber sponsors the Clear the Air Challenge. The goal of the Challenge is to help residents learn helpful tools to cut tailpipe emission. Employees at the Department of Environmental Quality shared with us how they took part in this year’s Challenge and why they feel it is an important tool in helping Utahns clear the air.

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