On July 1, 1991 the Utah Department of Environmental Quality was born. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary it’s important to look back on how the agency was created. It was former Governor Norm Bangerter who suggested DEQ become its own agency. It was created by consolidating six environmental health bureaus housed in the Utah…
DEQ Executive Director Kim Shelley announced today that she has appointed Doug Hansen as the new director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (DWMRC). Hansen currently serves as the program manager for the Underground Storage Tank Section within the Division of Environmental Response and Remediation.
Beginning today, some students in the Rose Park area will be traveling to and from the classroom in new electric buses. The electric buses replace diesel buses, and were chosen to operate in areas with higher pollution levels. The buses will be the first of their kind in Utah, thanks to a partnership between Salt…
DEQ Executive Director Kim Shelley announced today that she has appointed current Waste Management and Radiation Control (WMRC) director Ty Howard to be the deputy director of the Department.
January is National Radon Action Month. As a reminder, one in three homes in Utah has elevated levels of radon, and that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Testing your home will give you peace of mind and empower you to fix the problem (It’s easier and less expensive than you…
Today, Gov.-elect Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson named Kim Shelley as their pick for Executive Director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
Utah has great air most of the year, but during the winter we experience “inversions.” Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Utah’s winter air quality.
Fall is quickly turning to winter. Before the snow blankets Utah, here are some helpful tips to winterize your home and reduce emissions.
The Utah Clean Diesel Program offers incentives for fleet owners to voluntarily reduce emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines. There are multiple funding opportunities available for eligible vehicles and equipment. Government and private fleet operators are encouraged to apply.
Asbestos has been used since ancient times. In mid-century America, it was used in countless residential and industrial construction products. Learn more about the health risks and how to safely deal with asbestos on remodeling and demolition jobs.
The wildfires may be in California, but the smoke, and its health effects, are here in Utah. Learn more about smoke pollution and what you can do to protect your health.
Utah students are doing their part to bring awareness of radon in Utah by participating in the 2020 National Radon Poster Contest, which begins October 22. State contest winners will receive cash awards. There are three categories: Grades 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.
During a time when shopping local is more important than ever, our Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) is here to help Utah small businesses attain environmental compliance. Here are answers to a few common (and not so common) questions we have received.
Utah’s ozone and wildfires making it hard to breathe? Try #NoMowDays, switch to electric, upgrade your gas can, and mow later in the day for better air. Utah DEQ has some important tips that can help you reduce your emissions from an unlikely source–your gas-powered lawn mower.
June 17, 2014 – 9:00 am Meeting Agenda
Leaving no trace involves more than just packing out the garbage. Proper disposal of human waste is also important. It ensures against the pollution of water sources and minimizes the spread of disease.