Utah DEQ News

DEQ: New Director Hits the Ground Running

By Donna Kemp Spangler Amanda Smith has, over the past six years as DEQ executive director, paved the way toward cleaner air, improved transparency, and greater government efficiency. She’s shouldered many of Utah’s most challenging and controversial environmental issues like refinery expansions, oil spill cleanups, and a yet-to-be decided plan on depleted uranium disposal at …

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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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Drinking Water: DEQ Funding Keeps Water Safe to Drink

By Michael Grange Safe, clean drinking water. Something everyone wants, but something that may not happen all on its own. There are times when Mother Nature needs a helping hand. The cities of Magna, Woods Cross, and Gunnison have experienced this firsthand. In each case, the contamination was identified in the drinking water source, and …

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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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Every Day Is Earth Day at Environmental Quality

By Donna Kemp Spangler Last April, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality launched its blogs with “12 Days of Earth Day,” featuring daily blogs from employees who are the “boots on the ground” making sure Utah’s environment is healthier. Since then, we’ve been highlighting what we do each week and sometimes like this month – …

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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: Weber Standard Examiner 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 …

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DEQ Helps Businesses Be Green, Stay Green

By Paul Harding Increasingly, businesses are integrating environmental sustainability practices into their long-term strategies. They find that sustainability is not only good for the environment, it’s good for their bottom line. So what does environmental sustainability look like for businesses? It can mean reducing waste, cutting energy use, or recycling materials. I work in DEQ’s …

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New Interactive Map Offers New Features, More Information

By Harold Sandbeck Ever wonder if there are any hazardous waste sites near your home? Questions about where air monitors are located? Debating about whether you should eat that cutthroat trout you just caught in your favorite fishing hole because you’re not sure if it contains high levels of mercury? Maybe you have a question …

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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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