Category: Communication Office

Education and Outreach
2018 State of the Environment Report (WMRC)

Education and outreach are key components of DWMRC programs. The Division educates businesses and residents on the proper disposal/recycling of solid and hazardous wastes to prevent soil and groundwater contamination from the improper storage or disposal of wastes. The used oil and waste tire programs, for example, have dramatically reduced the health hazards from these …

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Radon
2018 State of the Environment Report (WMRC)

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and a serious problem in Utah. One in three homes in the state test above the EPA action level of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/l) of air, with homes testing at an average of …

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X-ray Inspections
2018 State of the Environment Report (WMRC)

DWMRC’s X-ray inspection program safeguards patient health by making sure that diagnostic and therapeutic radiological equipment uses the lowest amount of radiation necessary for a given procedure. Highly trained radiological inspectors evaluate the performance of X-ray units and radiation safety practices at these facilities on a regular basis. The Division provides support and guidance to …

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Depleted Uranium
2018 State of the Environment Report (WMRC)

In 2009, EnergySolutions requested a license amendment for the disposal of large quantities of depleted uranium (DU) at its facility. DU is a unique form of low-level radioactive waste that becomes more radioactive with time. State rules promulgated in 2010 require the company to complete a performance assessment (PA) to determine whether it can meet federal and state performance standards to protect …

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Continuous Improvement/SUCCESS Framework
2018 State of the Environment Report (WMRC)

DWMRC is committed to continuous improvement to improve performance and implement innovations that advance quality, efficiency, and effectiveness. Listed below are a few of the proposed and ongoing continuous improvement/SUCCESS Framework process improvements within DWMRC. Upcoming Continuous Improvement Projects Conversion of Used Oil Financial Assurance (FA) forms to writable PDF format These writeable/fill-in forms will …

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Continuous Improvement/SUCCESS Framework
2018 State of the Environment Report (ERR)

DERR is committed to continuous improvement to improve performance and implement innovations that advance operational quality, efficiency, and effectiveness. DERR employs technological tools to increase public access to information and improve operational efficiencies. Continuous Improvement Spotlight: Support Staff Set — and Achieve — Goals for Exceptional Customer Service As part of DEQ’s continuous improvement efforts, …

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Community Involvement
2018 State of the Environment Report (ERR)

DERR is committed to effective community outreach and works diligently to involve residents, property owners, elected officials, and health agencies in cleanup decisions for Superfund sites. Listening to community concerns and building strong relationships helps the Division collect and disseminate information about the site and find workable solutions for cleaning up contaminated areas. Public involvement …

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Superfund (CERCLA)
2018 State of the Environment Report (ERR)

DERR’s Superfund (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)) Branch performs site assessments of potentially contaminated sites to determine whether or not they pose a threat to human health and the environment and require further action, including possible placement on the Federal Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). The Branch also manages or performs oversight …

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Voluntary Cleanup Program
2018 State of the Environment Report (ERR)

The Utah Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) was created to promote the voluntary cleanup of contaminated sites and encourage redevelopment of Brownfields and other impacted properties through a streamlined cleanup program. The VCP has been a success, providing communities and businesses with an avenue to partner with DEQ to implement solutions for difficult environmental challenges on …

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Brownfields
2018 State of the Environment Report (ERR)

Brownfields include property where the expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The assessment and cleanup of these sites is a significant step in returning Brownfields properties to beneficial use. EPA Brownfields Grants Community-Wide Assessment Grants Carbon County received an EPA Brownfields …

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Underground Storage Tank Program
2018 State of the Environment Report (ERR)

There are 4,071 underground storage tanks (USTs) in the state of Utah. Over 66 percent of these tanks utilize the Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund as their financial assurance mechanism for the assessment and cleanup of releases. The UST program focuses on prevention through inspection and compliance follow-up. In the event of a release, DERR oversees the cleanups to …

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Division of Environmental Response and Remediation
2018 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) is committed to cleaning up properties to protect human health and the environment, ensuring that underground storage tanks are used properly, delivering exceptional customer service, and forming collaborative partnerships with businesses and stakeholders. Program objectives include: Assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties to protect human health and …

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Division of Air Quality
2018 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) protects Utah’s air through a variety of programs that protect, maintain, and enhance the air quality in the state. DAQ ensures the state’s compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and visibility standards at its national parks, enacts rules pertaining to air-quality standards, develops plans to meet …

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Research Projects
2018 State of the Environment Report (AQ)

Legislative funding for air-quality research has provided DAQ with the resources to investigate the complex conditions that lead to high pollution levels during winter inversions and summer ozone episodes. Better understanding of the unique conditions that lead to poor air quality helps DAQ craft effective regulations, target emission sources, and apply appropriate emission-control technologies. In …

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Tier 3 Fuels
2018 State of the Environment Report (AQ)

Tier 3 gasoline is part of the latest generation of jointly-issued vehicle emission and fuel standards developed by the EPA. Under Tier 3 (171.32 KB), the sulfur content of gasoline will be reduced from an average of 30 parts per million (ppm) down to 10 ppm to enable the more efficient operation of vehicle emission-control systems. …

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