Utah DEQ News

Transparency in Government: DEQ’s Commitment to You

By Christine Osborne “Government records belong to the citizens of the state, who have a legal right to open and fair access.” – Utah’s GRAMA and Open Government website March 11-17, 2018 was Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of the benefits of open access to public information to citizens, communities, and government. Utah held its …

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Legislative Session Helps Protect Air, Land and Water

By Scott Baird The atmosphere at the State Capitol Thursday night was one of mixed emotions. Legislators (and those of us that work with them) were both elated and exhausted as they completed the annual 45-day session of the Utah State Legislature. This year’s appropriations and legislation ensure that we can continue our ongoing work of safeguarding …

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DEQ Values in Action: Exceptional Service

By Jared Mendenhall The mess, pun intended, started in the mid-2000s. This is when two entrepreneurial college students bought a metal plating company in Northern Utah. Along with the company they unknowingly purchased a large amount of hazardous waste. The problem came to their attention a few years later during a routine inspection from Utah’s …

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DEQ Employees Take Opportunity to Clear the Air

By Jared Mendenhall Forty-eight percent of winter air pollution along the Wasatch Front comes from mobile sources. Mobile source pollution is the emissions produced by cars and trucks. Reducing these emissions, is one of the easiest things residents can do to improve air quality. During February, the Salt Lake Chamber sponsors the Clear the Air …

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Air Quality, Your Health, and Transportation at Intermountain Healthcare

By Steve Bergstrom Guest Blogger Poor air quality affects everyone. It is especially hard on children, elderly and those with asthma, lung disease, cardiovascular disease and risk of stroke. Also, research is showing a strong connection between poor air quality and developmental issues with the fetus, increased respiratory infections, and neurologic conditions. One-third of Utah’s population …

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Clear the Air Challenge: Skip the Trip, Hop on Your Bike!

By Søren Simonsen, 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. I remember getting my very first road-worthy bike when I turned five. It was a lime-green, three-speed with chopper-style handlebars, …

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Rethink Your Relationship With Cars

Take the Clear the Air Challenge By Jared Mendenhall In 1888, a housewife changed the course of human history. Bertha’s husband Karl, an engineer, had fallen into a deep depression because his latest invention failed to live up to its promise. Early one morning, Bertha stole away with his creation to prove to the family …

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Refreshed Air Quality App Ready For Release

By Jared Mendenhall In December 2017, when the Wasatch Front choked on a ten-day-long inversion that clogged the valleys with PM2.5 pollution, more than 50,000 Utah residents stayed on top of air-quality conditions by using the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) mobile app: UtahAir. UtahAir delivers hourly air-quality data for two pollutants, PM2.5 and …

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DEQ Budget Priorities 2018: Putting Our Values into Action

By Scott Baird The 2018 Utah Legislature kicks off its 45-day session today, marking the start of an exciting and occasionally hectic time for all of us at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Although we are neutral players in the legislative process, our directors and scientists are available 24/7 to answer questions, provide …

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Radon in Utah Homes: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

By Jan Poulsen, 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. My name is Jan Poulsen, and I am a lung cancer survivor. I want to share my story in the …

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DEQ 2017: The Environmental Year in Review

By Alan Matheson I’m convinced people can only be truly happy when they are progressing, reaching new heights in performance and character. Growth and improvement build confidence, increase capacity to meaningfully contribute, and give life purpose. Progress is inherently rewarding. The same principle applies to organizations. In a time of rapid change, only those organizations …

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The 12 Days of Christmas? How about the 10 Days of Inversion?

By DEQ Communications Office Utah kicked off its winter inversion season in full force in early December with gunky air that persisted for 10 straight days.  The Utah Department of Environmental Quality took to its Facebook page to provide residents with regular updates, tips for reducing emissions, and links to our air-quality monitoring data. We’ve …

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Ogden Business Exchange Conceptual Design.

Cows to Commerce: DEQ Cleanup Program Helps Ogden Develop Business Exchange

By Joe Katz Ogden has a long history as a railroad hub. At one point, the local chamber of commerce’s motto was, “You can’t get anywhere without coming to Ogden.” Its location along the original Transcontinental Railroad brought the industry and commerce that easy access to rail provides. Ogden still has significant rail traffic, but …

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Mining materials account for the largest proportion of TRI "releases" in Utah. Photo courtesy Flickr Creative Commons, photographer NewsRover.

The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI): What It Means, How It’s Used

By Christine Osborne The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) is a public database that chronicles toxic chemical releases, transfers, waste management, and pollution-prevention activities throughout the United States. A recent Forbes article ranked Utah as the third-highest state in the country for toxic releases based on data in the TRI for the reporting year (RY) 2015. These same …

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