Utah DEQ News

Clear the Air Challenge: Calling on Reporters to Take the Challenge

By Donna Kemp Spangler and Amy Joi O’Donoghue Last year, I committed to parking my vehicle and taking transit to work each and every day during July’s statewide Clear the Air Challenge, a friendly, month-long competition sponsored by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and embraced by Governor Gary Herbert, who has encouraged all state …

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Clear the Air Challenge: Making Public Transit a Way of Life

By Elisa Smith Each year, the Clear the Air Challenge asks Wasatch Front residents to reduce their vehicle emissions by cutting down on their trips. We spoke with DEQ’s Elisa Smith, a “Top 5” winner of the 2015 winter air quality challenge, to learn how she makes public transit a way of life for herself …

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Clear the Air Challenge: Join the Competition!

By Ryan Evans, Guest Blogger DEQ invites guest bloggers to share their thoughts on issues that impact our environment. We appreciate their insights and the opportunity to broaden the conversation with others in the community. The Challenge is on! The Clear the Air Challenge is a month-long initiative that encourages Utah residents to drive less …

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Drinking Water: Boiling Water Woes

By Kim Dyches Following the recent news coverage about communities boiling their water, water customers may want to know if this contamination could have easily been prevented. The answer is YES. These contamination events were the result of a cross-connection between someone’s pressurized irrigation system and the culinary water line into their home. Contaminated water …

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Water Quality: Keeping Pollutants from Going down the (Storm) Drain

By Harry Campbell You may have noticed a lot of water rushing into storm drains during the heavy rains this past month. This storm water runoff comes from homes, city streets, parking lots, industrial facilities, and construction sites and often contains sediment, fertilizer, pesticides, oil, gasoline, pet waste, or hazardous waste. And because storm water …

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National Energy Foundation: Fostering Student Debate on Utah’s Air Quality

By Janet Hatch, Guest Blogger DEQ invites guest bloggers to share their thoughts on issues that impact our environment. We appreciate their insights and the opportunity to broaden the conversation with others in the community. Imagine a distinguished group of external panelists assembled at the Utah State Capitol. Their purpose is to take energy questions …

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Bike Share: A Carefree and Clutterless Way to Go

By Chamonix Larsen, Guest Blogger DEQ invites guest bloggers to share their thoughts on issues that impact our environment. We appreciate their insights and the opportunity to broaden the conversation with others in our community. Six-hundred-twenty square feet, two people, one dog, a decent view, and a very specific place for everything else. That was …

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DEQ: Confessions of a Bunch of Bike-a-holics

By Donna Kemp Spangler I once cycled for the fun of it, having participated — in Cycle Oregon II and III, a 400-some-mile trek through scenic Oregon. Peddling from town to town for six to eight hours a day at various elevations was a physical challenge, but was a great way to explore every corner …

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Air Quality: Utah Clears the Skies over National Parks

By Colleen Delaney Utah has some of the most spectacular scenery in the West, particularly in our state’s five national parks. But hazy skies can spoil the experience, and the pollution that creates this haze can also harm human health. Thanks to over 20 years of collaborative work with regional stakeholders, Utah has significantly reduced …

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You Can Play to Make It a Good Air Day

By Kerry Kelly Editor’s Note: April is Earth Month at DEQ. We’ve invited guest bloggers to share their thoughts on the ways individuals, businesses, governments, and universities can contribute to making our world a little greener. Even though I am not a gamer, I recently worked on developing an air-quality video game with a team …

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Earth Month: Mow Down Emissions at Lawnmower Exchange

NOTE: this is an archive news post from 2015. DEQ is not participating in an exchange this year. Find information about Weber State’s program: By Lisa Burr This year’s mild winter and early spring have most of us thinking about yard work earlier than we normally would. My weekend chores have included yardwork for the …

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Earth Month: UCAIR and Chevron Team Up for Gas-Can Exchange

By Angie Koford Editor’s note: April is Earth Month at DEQ. We’ve invited guest bloggers to share their thoughts on the ways individuals, businesses, governments, and universities can contribute to making our world a little greener. Warmer spring temperatures make me want to spend my weekends working in the yard. Time to get out the …

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Hazardous Waste: DEQ Protects the Public through Inspections, Education

By Alex Pashley Almost everything we do creates some kind of waste. While many wastes are relatively benign, some are hazardous and need to be regulated to protect public health and the environment. As a hazardous waste inspector for the Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste (DSHW), I evaluate the hazardous …

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