Utah DEQ News

DEQ Resources Help Jordan Valley Uncover Energy Cost Savings

By Frances Bernards, DEQ, and Robert B. Sowby, Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc. The “water-energy nexus” has been getting a lot of press lately — the nexus between how much water is used to generate and transmit energy and the energy costs to deliver water to homes, businesses, and industry. The energy price tag for …

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DEQ’s Continued Commitment to Improving Our Quality of Life

By Alan Matheson Every day, the nearly 400 employees of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) work tirelessly to improve the lives of all Utahns. These dedicated public servants safeguard Utah’s air, land, and water to support human health, a vibrant economy, and our unsurpassed quality of life. DEQ’s successes are many, and impact …

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WaterGirls: Science, Nature, and Inspiration!

By Maura Hahnenberger, 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. Growing up, both my parents were educators. So with summers off, we would go on long road trips across the …

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Talking Trash at DEQ

Interview with Matt Sullivan Most of us take our trash to the curb for pickup and don’t really consider where it goes after that. But did you know that the landfill that accepts your trash has to meet and maintain rigorous environmental standards to protect soils, ground water, and air? We asked Matt Sullivan, an …

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Water Quality: The Power of Sister Agencies

By Suzan Tahir I have the privilege to live in one of the most beautiful states in the USA. Our state is an incredible and endless resource for hiking, skiing, backpacking, rock climbing, sightseeing, and other outdoors and recreational activities. We have extremely beautiful nature in abundance, but one of our most precious natural resources …

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Watershed Symposium: Nine years and counting!

By Lynn Berni, 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 Salt Lake County Watershed Planning and Restoration Program hosted its 9th annual Watershed Symposium on November 18 and 19, …

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DEQ: Who Is DEQ in Rural Utah? District Engineers

By Donna Kemp Spangler They are unknown to the vast majority of Utahns. Yet the quality of life in rural Utah depends on them each and every day. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) employs four engineers, each one assigned to different corners of the state to ensure that tap water is clean, sewer …

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Air Quality: Clean Fuels Program Makes Dollars and Sense

By Mat Carlile You’ve probably noticed the change. Hybrids seem to be everywhere. Electric charging stations have suddenly appeared near the entrance to your grocery store. A CNG fueling station opened down the street from your office. Your neighbor plugs his car into an outlet in his carport. All these changes are signs that, more …

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DEQ’s Brand Reflects What We Do and Why It Matters

By Donna Kemp Spangler The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has existed for nearly 25 years, yet it is one of the most misunderstood agencies in state government. No, we are not the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We don’t regulate odors, sell Christmas tree permits, or put out wildfires. Smokey the Bear does not …

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Air Quality: DEQ Uses CARROT to Reduce Emissions

By Lisa Burr The inversion season is upon us. It’s the time when we notice and curse the pollution that fills our cold, wintery skies. As if the cold isn’t bad enough, we have to breathe the dirty air, sometimes so bad we can taste it. The public relies on the Department of Environmental Quality …

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Environmental Remediation: DEQ “Bomb Squad” Uncovers Old Munitions

By Katie Crane I am pretty sure I have one of the coolest jobs at DEQ: I provide regulatory oversight for the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP), regulating the remedial response process for unexploded ordnance (UXO) sites. It involves a good dose of history, risk management, environmental cleanup, and of course – bombs. What’s not …

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Air Quality: Asthma Research Will Help Kids Breathe Easier

By Kathy Sward, PhD, RN, and Kerry Kelly, PhD, PE, Guest Bloggers 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. Asthma is one of the most common childhood illnesses in the U.S. and …

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Environmental Response: DEQ Protects Public from Toxic Chemical Releases

By Neil Taylor I am an environmental scientist in the Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) at DEQ. The part of my job that I enjoy most is working in the state’s Emergency Planning and Community-Right-to-Know (EPCRA) program. EPCRA was established by Congress after the 1984 release of the highly toxic pesticide methyl isocyanate …

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Water Quality: DEQ Helps Animal Feeding Operations Improve Waste Management

By Don Hall Utah has about 2,000 animal production facilities known as animal feeding operations (AFOs). These are farms such as dairies and feedlots where animals are confined (not in pastures or on rangeland) and fed. Larger AFOs are known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOS). These are operations that meet a confinement threshold number …

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Air Quality: New Ozone Standard Designed to Protect Public Health

By Jay Baker On October 1, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set a new National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, lowering it from 75 to 70 parts per billion (ppb). The change was based on thousands of scientific studies that demonstrated the need for a lower standard to protect public health …

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