Utah DEQ News

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 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 …

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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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Collaboration and Credibility Keys to Legislative Success

By Scott Baird With the strike of the gavel last Thursday night at midnight, the 2015 Utah legislative session officially ended, and many of us at DEQ officially returned to a more predictable work schedule. The last forty-five days have been exciting, exhausting, and everything in between. As I look back over the past month …

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Partners Help Us Improve Utah’s Environment

By Donna Kemp Spangler Utah’s journey toward environmental sustainability has its challenges, and sometimes that journey can be downright discouraging. And then the best and brightest minds come together, and it all seems so achievable. And come together they did last week at the Intermountain Sustainability Summit (Summit) at Weber State University (WSU) – the …

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Water Quality: Storm Water Pollution Affects All of Us

By Rhonda Thiele and Jeanne Riley If you heard the news reports last week about an oily sheen floating in Mill Creek, you probably also heard that it was traced back to a nearby storm drain. Sampling of the area near 3300 South and 700 East in Salt Lake City showed that the sheen came …

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Compliance Program Protects Air Quality

By Jay Morris Did you know that there are over 1,500 stationary emission sources in Utah, along with several hundred federal and state air quality rules and regulations that cover these sources? When I first started performing air quality compliance inspections, I had no idea! Our program, which includes inspections, compliance assistance, and enforcement, protects …

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