Utah DEQ News

2019 Utah State Legislature Roundup

Thursday night marked the end of the 2019 Utah State Legislature. For more than six weeks, lawmakers have worked tirelessly in Salt Lake City setting the state’s budget and passing laws. Here is a recap of all the environment-related happenings.

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Gold King Mine

A large snowstorm knocked out power to a pump that was diverting water from the Gold King Mine into nearby treatment ponds. Contaminated water from the mine began to flow into Cement Creek on to the Animas River and is headed toward the San Juan River. The release is expected to reach the San Juan River on Monday.

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Cut Pollution: Mow Electric

Starting Tuesday, residents in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele and Utah counties will have an opportunity to cut harmful summertime air pollution by participating in the 2019 State of Utah Lawn Mower Exchange. This spring swap your old, dirty lawn mower for a clean electric one. Only $99 (plus tax) with an exchange.

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Sandy City Drinking Water Update

DEQ’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) continues to evaluate drinking-water sample results from Sandy City. Drinking Water Director Marie Owens issued the following update on sampling results on February 24, 2019.

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