Utah DEQ News

A Little Detective Work: Investigating Sites for Contamination

The CERCLA Branch in the Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) performs site investigations of potentially contaminated sites within the State of Utah to determine whether or not they pose a threat to human health and the environment and should be included on the federal Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).

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Fireplace

Wood-Burning Restrictions Go into Effect November 1

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) reminds residents that wood-burning restrictions go into effect November 1, 2018, and urges Utahns to use online and mobile tools to monitor daily PM2.5 levels.

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Wood Stove and Fireplace Rebate Program Helps Reduce Emissions

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) will launch the Wood Stove Conversion Assistance Program on Oct. 22, 2018. The program was developed to incentivize residents to convert their fireplace or wood stove into a natural-gas or propane device.

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Snow Blower Exchange Helps You Clean Your Driveway and Our Air

DEQ, Rocky Mountain Power, and UCAIR are partnering for the first-annual 2018 Electric Snow Blower Exchange. The Exchange will offer 432 electric snow blowers at a discounted price to encourage the use of clean-emissions snow blowers during the inversion season. Registration begins October 1, 2018, and ends October 11, 2018.

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Panguitch Lake Closed Due to High Toxin Levels

The Southwestern Utah Health Department has issued a Danger Advisory/Closure for Panguitch Lake based on extremely high toxin levels in the lake from an ongoing cyanobacteria bloom. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) contacted livestock operators in the area to recommend they prevent their cattle from drinking water from the reservoir and downstream sources.

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Public Comments

Make Your Voice Heard and Your Comments Count

Public participation matters! The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is committed to using the public notice and comment process to improve its decisionmaking. Here are some tips for making effective comments on agency permits, rules, and decisions.

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