Utah DEQ News

GREENbike Bike Share Program: One Sweet, Green Ride

By: Utah DEQ Communications Office May is Bike Month, and DEQ is celebrating by showcasing stories about how people are choosing bicycles as an environmentally friendly form of transportation. If you’ve seen folks pedaling around downtown Salt Lake City on green-colored bikes, you know that trees, flowers, and lawns aren’t the only green things that …

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My Health Challenge: Get Out of My Office

By Donna Kemp Spangler Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has challenged state agencies to “Move More at Work” in an effort to support health and wellbeing in the workplace and to recognize National Employee Health and Fitness Month, the state’s public health council is sponsoring a health challenge that recognizes the top three state agencies with …

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E-bikes: Ride One & Feel Superhuman

By Chamonix Larsen May is Bike Month, and DEQ is celebrating by inviting guest bloggers to share their thoughts on choosing bicycles as an environmentally friendly form of transportation. We appreciate their insights and the opportunity to broaden the conversation with others in our community. Do you ever dream you can fly? Do you dream …

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Stericycle Tooele Permit: Frequently Asked Questions

Interview with Jon Black Stericycle has submitted a permit application to the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) for a proposed hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerator (HMIWI) in Tooele, Utah, to replace Stericycle’s North Salt Lake facility. We spoke with DAQ environmental engineer Jon Black about the proposed permit. Why is Stericycle relocating to Tooele …

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Going Solar Is Easier than You Think

By Jeff Studenka Have you ever wondered if going solar is right for you? Converting to solar power from residential electrical power isn’t an easy decision, but from my experience it’s a good one. After doing research and discussing our options with others who have gone through the process, our initial reservations were quickly replaced …

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Spring Cleaning Tips for a Cleaner Environment – Inside & Out

By Donna Kemp Spangler Spring is in the air, and for me it means a chance to declutter, refresh, and let the sunshine brighten my surroundings. For many of us that involves spring cleaning – dusting the blinds, washing the floors, organizing our pantry, closets or garage, and perhaps putting a fresh coat of paint …

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Rural Water Association of Utah Conference: All about Relationships

By Michael Grange In a state where approximately 75 percent of the community water systems serve less than 3,300 people and 50 percent serve less than 500 people, relationships are everything. The annual Rural Water Association of Utah conference provides Division of Drinking Water (DDW) staff with a unique opportunity to build relationships by working …

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Groundbreaking Session for a New Air Monitoring Center

By Donna Kemp Spangler Perhaps one of the highlights of the 2016 Legislature for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality was a last minute appropriation of $6 million for a new technical support center for air monitoring, water testing and other needs. For years, DEQ sought funding for a new building closer to its headquarters …

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Low-Impact Development Reduces Storm Water Pollution

By Frances Bernards Storm water often gets a bad rap. Runoff into storm drains carries chemicals and debris that can pollute rivers and streams. Four years ago, Chris Thompson, public works director at Spanish Fork City, started to see storm water as a resource rather than a waste product. Spanish Fork City’s transition to  Low …

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Cleanup Benefits Air, Commuters, and Community

By Bill Rees If you’ve ever taken the Blue Line, commuted on FrontRunner, or hopped aboard the California Zephyr, you’ve benefitted from a brownfield cleanup. How? Well, Salt Lake’s bustling Intermodal Hub site sits atop what was once a contaminated, 18-acre railyard. The city remediated and repurposed this land through DEQ’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). This …

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Radon Test High? Rid your Home of Radon

By Eleanor Divver You’ve probably heard that one in three homes in Utah has elevated levels of radon, and that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. And since you care about your family’s health and safety, you’ve tested your home — and your results came in above the EPA action level …

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Portable Air Quality Sensors: New Technology Brings Promises, Pitfalls

By Bo Call You may have heard about the low-cost air quality sensors that people have been using to collect personal air quality data during high pollution periods. The question I often get is, “Do they really work?” And all I have to say is, “Well, it depends.” The regulatory monitors we use at DEQ …

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DEQ Tops the Charts of Winter Air Challenge

By Donna Kemp Spangler The 2016 Legislative session may be getting much of the public’s attention, particularly legislation aimed at improving Utah’s air quality. Quietly, behind the walls of state government, employees are taking action by participating in the TravelWise Winter Air Challenge, a friendly competition to see which agency can save the most trips and achieve the …

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Electric Vehicles at Utah’s National Parks Improve Air Quality

By Utah Clean Cities Coalition, 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 number of visitors to Utah’s National Parks and Monuments has increased steadily over the last decade. In …

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Why Flint’s Water Crisis Couldn’t Happen in Utah

Interview with Ken Bousfield Lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water has gotten national attention in recent weeks, raising concerns about whether this could happen in Utah. Ken Bousfield, director of the Division of Drinking Water (DDW), explains why this is unlikely. How did Flint’s drinking water become contaminated with lead? In April 2014, Flint City’s …

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Scientists Team Up with Kids and Community in Air Toxics Study

Interview with Munkh Baasandorj The Utah of Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ), Brigham Young University, and the Neil Armstrong Academy have partnered for a hazardous air pollutant (HAP) monitoring project in West Valley City. The study uses state-of-the-art instruments to measure gaseous and particulate HAPs in real-time. What are hazardous air …

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