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2020 State of the Environment

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2020 State of the Environment Report

At the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) our job is to improve the lives of all Utahns — from the Beehive State’s rural backbone to its heart along the Wasatch Front. The State of the Environment report is our annual opportunity to showcase some of DEQ’s many successes. In this report, you will learn …

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Inversion Season 2020-2021

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, we sat down with Utah DEQ’s Division of Air Quality Monitoring Manager Bo Call to learn about how Utah’s air quality is monitored, how it’s improving and what it will look like this inversion season.

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Image of radioactive sign that reads, No Need to Panic! Steps you can take to rid your home of radon.

No Need to Panic! Steps You Can Take to Rid Your Home of Radon

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 may think).

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DEQ Helps Utah Cities Address Polluted Properties

To help communities assess and clean up sites contaminated by hazardous waste and petroleum, DEQ provides assistance seeking U.S. EPA Brownfields grants. This year, Salt Lake County, Murray, Spanish Fork City and Green River are vying for federal money to help clean up blighted properties.

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EPA Announces Air Quality Milestone in Utah

The U.S. EPA announced on Tuesday, Nov. 10, its intent to redesignate the Salt Lake City and Provo “non-attainment” areas to “attainment” for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) under the Clean Air Act.

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Seasonal Wood Burning Restrictions Begin November 1

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality reminds Northern Utah residents that wood burning restrictions go into effect Nov. 1, 2020. Help improve our air quality and protect the health of your neighbors and loved ones by following the wood burning restrictions.

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Working Safely With Asbestos

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.

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Testing the Waters at the Inland Port

To protect the Great Salt Lake, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Quality developed a water quality sampling plan to check the effects of the inland port on the lake. This will provide the Utah Inland Port Authority and DEQ scientists with valuable data about potential stormwater-related pollution at the site.

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Radon Poster Contest

Utah Students Leading Radon Awareness Campaign

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.

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Cleanup Success at Ogden’s Swift Building

For 100 years, the Ogden Swift Building was used as a meatpacking plant, warehouse for surplus military items and a chemical manufacturer. To clean up the property, DEQ used a host of tools to bring it back into economic use.

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