Category: News

  • Electric Vehicles at Utah’s National Parks Improve Air Quality

    By Utah Clean Cities Coalition, 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. The number of visitors to Utah’s National Parks and Monuments has increased steadily over the last decade. In…

  • Why Flint’s Water Crisis Couldn’t Happen in Utah

    Interview with Ken Bousfield Lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water has gotten national attention in recent weeks, raising concerns about whether this could happen in Utah. Ken Bousfield, director of the Division of Drinking Water (DDW), explains why this is unlikely. How did Flint’s drinking water become contaminated with lead? In April 2014, Flint City’s…

  • DEQ Resources Help Jordan Valley Uncover Energy Cost Savings

    By Frances Bernards, DEQ, and Robert B. Sowby, Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc. The “water-energy nexus” has been getting a lot of press lately — the nexus between how much water is used to generate and transmit energy and the energy costs to deliver water to homes, businesses, and industry. The energy price tag for…

  • WaterGirls: Science, Nature, and Inspiration!

    By Maura Hahnenberger, 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. Growing up, both my parents were educators. So with summers off, we would go on long road trips across the…

  • Talking Trash at DEQ

    Interview with Matt Sullivan Most of us take our trash to the curb for pickup and don’t really consider where it goes after that. But did you know that the landfill that accepts your trash has to meet and maintain rigorous environmental standards to protect soils, ground water, and air? We asked Matt Sullivan, an…

  • Watershed Symposium: Nine years and counting!

    By Lynn Berni, 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. The Salt Lake County Watershed Planning and Restoration Program hosted its 9th annual Watershed Symposium on November 18 and 19,…

  • Air Quality: Clean Fuels Program Makes Dollars and Sense

    By Mat Carlile You’ve probably noticed the change. Hybrids seem to be everywhere. Electric charging stations have suddenly appeared near the entrance to your grocery store. A CNG fueling station opened down the street from your office. Your neighbor plugs his car into an outlet in his carport. All these changes are signs that, more…

  • Air Quality: DEQ Uses CARROT to Reduce Emissions

    By Lisa Burr The inversion season is upon us. It’s the time when we notice and curse the pollution that fills our cold, wintery skies. As if the cold isn’t bad enough, we have to breathe the dirty air, sometimes so bad we can taste it. The public relies on the Department of Environmental Quality…

  • Environmental Remediation: DEQ “Bomb Squad” Uncovers Old Munitions

    By Katie Crane I am pretty sure I have one of the coolest jobs at DEQ: I provide regulatory oversight for the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP), regulating the remedial response process for unexploded ordnance (UXO) sites. It involves a good dose of history, risk management, environmental cleanup, and of course – bombs. What’s not…

  • Air Quality: Asthma Research Will Help Kids Breathe Easier

    By Kathy Sward, PhD, RN, and Kerry Kelly, PhD, PE, Guest Bloggers 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. Asthma is one of the most common childhood illnesses in the U.S. and…

  • Environmental Response: DEQ Protects Public from Toxic Chemical Releases

    By Neil Taylor I am an environmental scientist in the Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) at DEQ. The part of my job that I enjoy most is working in the state’s Emergency Planning and Community-Right-to-Know (EPCRA) program. EPCRA was established by Congress after the 1984 release of the highly toxic pesticide methyl isocyanate…

  • Air Quality: New Ozone Standard Designed to Protect Public Health

    By Jay Baker On October 1, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set a new National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, lowering it from 75 to 70 parts per billion (ppb). The change was based on thousands of scientific studies that demonstrated the need for a lower standard to protect public health…

  • Air Quality: New Water Heater Rule Will Help Reduce Wintertime Air Pollution

    By Joel Karamzyn Did you know that your home water heaters and furnaces are significant sources of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a precursor gas that plays a significant role in the formation of ozone and fine particulates (PM2.5)? Last month, the Air Quality Board passed a new rule to reduce NOx emissions from water heaters. The…

  • Water Quality: Helping Communities Protect Their Water Quality

    By Lisa Nelson, P.E. On September 23, 2015, on a beautiful sunny day in the mountains of Summit County, members of Utah’s Water Quality Board, along with Trever Johnson and Duane Schmidt, current and former mayors of Coalville City, gathered together with the Coalville City Council for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of…

  • Drinking Water: SUCCESS in Ensuring a Safe Supply of Drinking Water

    By Ying-Ying McCauley The Division of Drinking Water regulates over 1,000 public water systems in Utah. The Division’s mission is to work cooperatively with drinking water professionals and the public to ensure a safe and reliable supply of drinking water. Our engineering review program reviews and approves the plans for the projects received from water…

  • Air Quality: Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free

    By Robin Erickson, 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. You may be familiar with the slogan “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free,” but do you know where it all…

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