Category: Communication Office

EPA Takes Aim at PFAS

EPA is working to identify and better understand PFAS contaminants. Research has lead to the development of a six-point action plan which will address the clean up of current PFAS contamination, prevent future contamination, and effectively communicate risk with the public.

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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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Air Quality Researchers Hunt for PM2.5 Precursors

Researchers from DEQ, EPA, the University of Utah, Utah State University, and BYU joined forces for the Wasatch Front Ammonia and Chloride Observations (WaFACO) study. The study is looking for sources of ammonia on the Wasatch Front—a precursor to PM2.5.

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DEQ Employees Take The Clear The Air Challenge

During February, the Salt Lake Chamber sponsors the Clear the Air Challenge. The goal of the Challenge is to help residents learn helpful tools to cut tailpipe emission. Employees at the Department of Environmental Quality shared with us how they took part in this year’s Challenge and why they feel it is an important tool in helping Utahns clear the air.

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Taking the Clear The Air Challenge

February is the Salt Lake Chamber’s Clear The Air Challenge. Utah DEQ’s intern, Sidney Rogers, took the challenge. Here is her story of commuting to work by bicycle and UTA TRAX.

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State Legislature Set to Address Utah’s Air, Land and Water

Today marks the start of another legislative session. For the next 45 days, Utah’s Legislature will meet in Salt Lake City to change existing laws, pass new laws and set the state’s budget. Some of these laws and appropriations will address environmental concerns. Here’s a look at the upcoming session.

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Governor’s $100M Air Quality Request A Good Investment

In 2017, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and Gov. Gary Herbert announced a lofty goal to reduce annual emissions into Utah’s air by 25 percent by 2026. To make this plan a reality, Gov. Herbert’s 2019 budget provides $100 million to fund high-impact air quality projects.

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